A Celebration of Robert Reimer’s Life
The first thing you notice when looking at pictures of Robert is his smile. It makes you smile. The next thing is his blue eyes that look at a world of possibilities and not barriers. They are kind eyes.
When talking to Robert the first thing you would be his sense of humor. He had a good habit of not taking himself or life too seriously. He had an arsenal of catch phrases such as “trust me”, “you must be with Weight Watchers”, “I can do this”, Sue, you look simply ravishing”, and “ I married the daughter of a rich railroad tycoon”. That, and a great positive view of life in the face of adversity served him well (he was diagnosed with multiple scorocisis in the early 1980s) and was an inspiration for us all. The world was a better place with him in it. Robert was one of those people that leave a lifelong impression on you.
He exceeded at being a good, son, brother, husband, dad and grandfather. His parents Gordon and Mae gave him a great foundation for being a caring, thoughtful and selfless person. They taught him about the importance of keeping your word , how you treat other people, sticking to your convictions and taking pride in your work. His parents encouraged him to join Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout), learn to fish and swim (Grand Forks Central High Swim team), running (Cross Country and a love of all things mechanical (especially motorcycles and cars). The love of all things mechanical gave way to graduating from Wapheton State School of Science with an associate degree in Heating and Air Conditioning Construction in 1972. He gave back the love and support to them in many ways: taking them on many family vacations and being there in their time of need by helping rebuild their house after the 1997 Grand Forks flood.
He gave that same gift to his family; his wife Sue ,his children Jason (wife Jennifer), Chris and Melissa (fiancée David) , along with his grandchildren Madison, Anna Belle and Collin.
Robert had very good taste in women. He married Sue Enderle in 1973 after meeting her at Bud’s Roller Rink and they were happily married to each other at the time of his passing. He told Sue that he was a workaholic and could decline his proposal with that as a preexisting condition. She still said “yes”. She has stood by Robert’s side in both the good times and the bad. After nearly 30 years of commercial heating, air conditioning and steam pipe fitting work he retired in 2000. Despite his health problems over the last couple decades, Robert’s spirit and attitude was present to the end of his life.
He was always a selfless person. Robert became an organ donor early in his life and his death will give another person a fighting chance for life. As in life, he would take something negative and turn it into a positive. We will miss him, but know he is in a better place with his mom and dad.