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HAMILTON – Robert Baylor “Bob” Reutlinger, 95, of Hamilton passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Community Medical Center in Missoula. He was born August 8, 1922 in Grand Island, NE the son of William August and Mina Catherine (Baylor) Reutlinger.
Bob was raised and educated in Nebraska. After high school he attended Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, MO. Bob then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and flew B17’s, B24’s and B25’s during WWII. After his honorable discharge in 1945, he attended the University of California Berkeley on the GI Bill and graduated from the School of Forestry.
Bob then moved to Oregon and went to work for the Oregon State Board of Forestry where he specialized in reforestation of the Tillamook Burn. He married Barbara Ann Nelson on March 31, 1951 in Forest Grove, OR.
Bob began working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry Division in the mid 1950’s and remained there until retiring in the mid 1980’s. While working for the BIA he was an adopted member of the Warm Springs Tribe of Indians in Oregon.
When Bob retired he and Barbara moved to Moorea, Tahiti where they lived for 7 years before moving to Montana. He enjoyed model railroads, hunting, fishing, golf, traveling and flying. Bob was a member of Masonic Lodge and the Shrine Temple, the Scottish Rite, the American Legion, the local model railroad club, and the Aeronuts Flying Club.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen Cox; and 2 brothers, Donald and Raymond Reutlinger. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Hamilton; 1 daughter, Susan Kay Buck and husband Brent of Pocatello, ID; 2 sons, Paul Baylor Reutlinger and wife Sherry of Mineola, TX and Kurt Allen Reutlinger of Winnemucca, NV; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and will be announced. Condolences may be left for the family at www.daly-leachchapel.com.