He died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at the West Park Hospital Long-Term Care Center in Cody. He was 88.
Reanous was born June 9, 1924, in Burlington on the family farm to Mary McIntosh and David Monroe Henderson. He was the sixth of eight children. His mother died when he was 5 and his father raised the children. Reanous attended school in Burlington and worked with his father on the family farm after he graduated. At age 36, he served as an LDS missionary in Norway. He married Merla Wardell LaFollette, a widow with six children, on July 31, 1964. They had two more children. He farmed and worked as water commissioner on the Greybull River.
Reanous was an active member of the community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a member of the school board for many years. In the LDS church, he served as a counselor to the bishop, as the Otto-Burlington Ward bishop, as a high councilman, and in other teaching and leadership positions. After he retired, he and his wife served an LDS temple mission in Washington, D.C. He loved family gatherings, camping and hunting, gardening, reading, and visiting with neighbors.
His parents, three brothers, David Ira (Rip), Carlos and Marion (Mern) and two sisters, Marie Jones and June Smith, preceded Reanous in death. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Merla. Other survivors include a brother, Mark Henderson of Springville, Utah; a sister and her husband, Helen and Don Porter of Bountiful, Utah; and his eight children and their spouses: Linnie and Jody Neves of Burlington; Lynette and Randy Johnson of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mary and Allan Howard of Burlington; Lester and Lynette LaFollette of Williston, N.D.; Janet LaFollette of Cheyenne; Judy and Lynn Wiles of Burlington; Albert and Karen Henderson of Burlington; and Sue and Kent Anderson of Greybull; 45 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
He will be buried in the Burlington Cemetery.
Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net.