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Tom Reuter

June 1st, 2008 by Pierce · No Comments

Some time back Jim Mattila called to our attention that Tom Reuter should be added to the Roll Call. That got me attempting to recall what I could about Tom Reuter. The first thing that came to mind was his cheerful disposition. Then I remembered that he sat in with some old timers out at the Olney Grange (our old stomping ground) once or twice while in he was in high school. Next I remembered that there is a nice young fellow here in Sandpoint named John Reuter who I had heard was related to the Astoria Reuters. I saw him recently, stopped him on the street and asked him if he perhaps had an Uncle Tom Reuter. He told me Tom Reuter was his Dad and that Tom had died tragically in an automobile accident about 12 years ago when he was about 12. I was stunned, devastated, felt about 2 inches tall. John could see my quandary and sensed my sudden grief. John immediately jumped in and said he don’t take it too hard, it happened 12 years ago, I’ve learned to live with it. When I mentioned the website he was very interested and said, “Connect with me about it. I’ll be happy to talk to you about my dad and I’d love hear more about him from others, especially some dirt!” We both laughed. So I told him what I knew about Tom back in the late 1960’s, which was that he was a heck of a nice guy with a easy smile and a great sense of humor, I didn’t have any dirt on Tom other than he was against the Vietnam war. Of course John knew all that. Tom became an attorney in Lebanon Oregon and whenever he was sitting around and there was a lull in the activity he might start drumming on things with his bare hands or finger tips. Though he didn’t keep a kit around the house he very much considered himself a drummer. John Reuter would love to hear from you with stories about his dad Tom. John runs the Sandpoint Reader a weekly newspaper in Sandpoint Idaho, you can email him at john at He is very involved in the community, does a lot of volunteering and recently ran for a county commission seat. Pretty ambitious for a 24 year old. Tom would be proud.

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