Kenneth Ray Reiman was born July 13, 1932, to Paul
Theodore and Estelle Nadine (Dunn) Reiman in Boise, Idaho and died at home with
family after his fight with cancer.
He went to Collister Grade School with long-time
friends, and graduated from Boise High School in 1950, where he began his life
interest by taking a printing class. He
entered an apprentice position at Syms York Co. out of high school. While there, he was drafted into the US Army
where he was part of "Operation North Star", which tested equipment
in sub-zero Arctic weather conditions.
While in the service, he came home on leave and married Patricia Anne
Murphy. They celebrated 62 years of
marriage on June 19th of this year. They
raised three children: Don, Dan, and
DeeAnne (Simmons), and a relative, Steve Karwatsky. Upon returning home from his discharge, he
worked the night shift at Syms York Printing and attended Boise Junior College
days. He next bought The Idaho Farm
Journal where he published the newspaper, sold ads, and did "Job" printing
on the side. His interest was quality
job printing, so he sold the newspaper and started Comet Printing and
Lithograph, doing lots of legislative printing and annual reports. He built that business until he could
purchase Syms York Company where his career had started out of high school.
One of his accomplishments was going to Germany where
he bought a five-color printing press.
There he managed as many as 113 employees and negotiated with five
He was an active member of the Lions Club, was
District Chairman of the Boy Scouts, was a member of the Printers of the
Pacific Association, and quietly helped many others who were in need. As a member of the Ada County Waterways
Committee, he was one of those responsible for installing first, many of docks,
and ramps of today. He spent many happy
days with family and friends traveling on trips across the country, going to
pro basketball games, horse races, sight seeing, and vacationing in San Diego. He was an avid boater, duck and goose hunter,
training his many Labradors, and enjoyed salmon fishing at Illwaco. He traveled throughout the US and Canada in
his motor homes and tailgated at BSU football games. He also enjoyed leisure time at his summer
condo in Cascade. Upon retirement from
printing after 40 years, he took up farming mint and other crops while living
on 100 acres, which he later subdivided.
He built a home in Kuna for Pat and they have happily lived there for 30
years. As a hobby in his later years, he
took an interest in antique cars, owning a Model A, a '48 Chrysler, a '50
Hudson, which he gave to his grandson, Jared, and a '56 Jeep Willy's, which he
gifted to his son, Don.
His parents, Paul and Stella, his brother, Larry, and
son, Dan precede him in death. He is survived
by his wife, Pat; son, Don (Mary); daughter, DeeAnne (Tim) Simmons; and eight grandchildren: Jana, Jared Reiman (Alissa), Julie (Jeremy)
Bunker, twins, Danny Simmons (Meg) and Kevy Simmons (Nancy), Lori Simmons,
Jason Simmons, Tyrell Reiman; and
great-granddaughter, Violet Hope Simmons.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Chas and
Iris from St. Luke's Hospice for their gentle, kind and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to cancer
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m.,
Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of the
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.