Obit Robert Richel

Robert Richel

Bob is once again by his beloved Joanne’s side, now hand in hand in Heaven. Bob passed from this earth on November 26, 2021 at the family home in Cambridge, Idaho with his loving and devoted daughter Vicki Lee by his side.

Bob was born on November 27, 1934 in Spokane, Washington to Robert W. and Margaret Richel. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Pierce, Idaho where Bob attended elementary, junior high and high school. It was while in the third grade at Pierce Elementary that Bob met Joanne Cleveland and they dated throughout their remaining school years. In May of 1952, they both graduated from Pierce High School. They were married in Asotin, Washington on July 18, 1952 by Joanne’s uncle who was sheriff in Asotin at the time.

At the ripe old age of seventeen, Bob along with lifelong friend, more brother than friend Bob Pollock began what would be a lifetime in logging in the Pierce area armed with a crosscut saw and a team of Belgian horses. Eventually, the logging company grew into a family affair including Bob’s father Robert W. and brothers Jim and Gary. The logging company incorporated to be known as R. W. Richel and Sons, Inc. Around 1966, under Bob’s leadership along with Bob Pollock, Jim and Gary the logging company re-organized and moved to Cambridge, Idaho where it became known as B & G Logging, Inc.

Bob and Joanne were blessed with the birth of two daughters Linda Ann in July of 1954 and Vicki Lee born in February of 1956.

Bob is survived by brothers Jim (Charlotte), Gene, Gary’s widow Patsy Richel and numerous nieces and nephews. His loving daughters, Linda Schmitt (Neb) and Vicki Richel; four granddaughters, Cassandra Womac, Baubi Reid, Samantha McCormick and Cheryl Wonder; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years Joanne, parents, and brother Gary Richel. Bob and Joanne requested to be cremated, their ashes co-mingled in one urn and at a time to yet be determined by their daughters, that the ashes be spread at the Cold Springs and Kelly Creek areas around Pierce.

There will be a celebration of their lives in Cambridge, Idaho sometime in the spring or summer of 2022. For those of you who knew Bob and Joanne and would like to remember them with a charitable donation, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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