June 30, 1951 - April 19, 2014
Walt Reuber died unexpectedly at his home on April 19, 2014.
Walt was born in Portland, Oregon, on June 30th, 1951, to Harold F. Reuber and Shirley Hoskins Reuber. He had one sister, Barbara Ann. The family shared a love for the outdoors and the rich opportunities of hunting and fishing that Oregon provided. They often travelled from Portland to hunt and fish in Central Oregon, inspiring Walt’s father Harold to declare that he wanted to retire to Deschutes County. The family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, when Walt was a senior in high school. Alaska was a hunting and fishing paradise that the Reubers took full advantage of.
After graduating from West Anchorage High in 1969, Walt attended Western Washington State in Bellingham, WA, graduating in 1973 with a degree in psychology. After college, Walt worked for a brief time in Salt Lake City, Utah, for IBM in sales. He hated it and determined that self-employment was his goal. He returned to Alaska, and started his own advertising business - Rhubarb Advertising - with his good friend, Dick Barber. His creative mind and wit served him well in the ad business! After Walt’s mother died, Walt’s father fulfilled his wish to live in Central Oregon, retiring to Bend in 1979. Walt left his ad business and Alaska to be closer to his dad shortly after.
Realizing he always enjoyed following the real estate market, he studied at Charlie Brown Real Estate School, got his real estate license in the fall of 1979, and began his 35 year real estate career at Manzanita Properties. His long time Alaska friend, Beth Bellamy, joined Walt in Bend in 1979. They married in January of 1982; returned to Alaska to weather the great real estate crash during the Carter years. Returning to Bend in the spring of 1985, they bought their dream small acreage east of town. They celebrated the birth of their beloved son, John Bellamy Reuber, in November.
In 1993, Walt joined Steve Scott Realtors, where he worked until 2011. He finished his career at RE/MAX Key Properties. Walt was dubbed “The Fabulous Waldini” by his close real estate associate, Debbie Martorano, due to his creative ability to solve real estate dilemmas. Not only did he extend great business skill, if you were a client of Walt’s, you were a friend.
In addition to his love of hunting and fishing, Walt was a talented trumpet player, an accomplished wood carver, and an amazing writer. He relaxed with a good book or movie and a great glass of wine. Over the thirty years he lived there, with vision and hard work, he turned his small acreage into a beautiful home and property. But what most people will remember about him is his incredible sense of humor and ability to make people laugh – really, really hard!
Walt leaves behind his son, John, and his 93-year old father, Harold.
A Celebration of Life will be held as an open house reception from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, May 9th, 2014, at 63080 Dickey Road. Bring your sense of humor and be ready to share any funny memories and stories you have!
In lieu of flowers, please honor Walt’s love of dogs with your contribution to the Humane Society of Central Oregon via their website.
Dang, Reuber! What an exit! You sure spared yourself the getting old part!
“All I know of life and myself is that
We are just a midair flight of golden wine
Between His Pitcher and His Cup.”