Ruth Reichert


(July 22, 2007)

Ruth Helen Hein Reichert  of Powell died Sunday morning, July 22 in Billings, surrounded by her family.

The daughter of George and Mary Hein, she was born at home, west of Billings on Feb. 5, 1926. She lived on the family farm and attended Elder Grove Elementary and Billings Senior High Schools.

Ruth married Jacob Reichert on Jan. 29, 1944 in Laurel, Mont. In 1952, they purchased a homestead and moved into a Heart Mountain Relocation Center barracks on the Heart Mountain Project west of Powell.They cleared 160 acres of sagebrush and rocks to build an irrigated farm.

In adulthood, Ruth was primarily a homemaker and loved playing cards with friends. Her hobbies included hunting arrowheads, raising bum lambs, painting, and growing flowers and vegetable gardens. She was a hard worker and wanted the best for her family.

Survivors include her husband, Jacob Reichert of Powell; her four children, Lynnette (LeRoy) Feusner of Cheyenne, Jack (Sandy) Reichert of Johnson City, Texas, Patti (Steve) Reichert-Dalby of Libby, Mont., and Timothy (Carrie) Reichert of Billings; her brother, William Hein of Worden, Mont., and family pets, Ridge and Czar (little sweetie).

She also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Kristi (John) Warden of Las Cruces, N.M., Katreena (Joe) Mullican of Huntsville, Ala., TyAnn Robinson of Round Rock, Texas, Dustin Reichert of Johnson City, Texas, Heidi (Brad) Lane of Kalispell, Mont., Adam (Erika) Close of San Diego, Calif., Alisha (Elie) Soueidi of Billings, Zachary Reichert of Denver, and Bethany (James) Wiesner of Billings and nine great-grandchildren.

Her father and mother, sisters Lena Glantz, Rose Schleining, Millie Weigand, Lydia King, and brother George Hein, preceded her in death.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, Cary Street and Avenue H, in Powell, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. Interment will be at the Crown Hill Cemetery.

For those who wish, the family requests donations to Hope Lutheran Church in memory of Ruth Reichert.