Our loving husband and father, Harold peacefully entered eternal rest, surrounded by his family on Monday July 15, 2019 at Albany Medical Center after suffering a stroke a week earlier. .
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Harold was born on March 10, 1927 in Peekskill to Burton Amos Reichard and Alexina Arpin. He attended McKinley, Buchanan Elementary and Hendrick Hudson High School. Although he was still in high school during World War II he chose to sign up for the National Guard at the age of 16. After being in the National Guard for one year, he chose to enlist in the Naval Air Force when he reached his 17th birthday. After enlistment he began his Naval training in Memphis TN followed by time in Norman, OK and then onto Pensacola, FL where he trained as a Naval Ordinance/Gunner.
After being honorably discharged Harold attended Plattsburgh State on the GI Bill studying engineering. After 2 years in college he left in order to return home in Peekskill so that he could take care of his parents. He then worked for the US Postal service as well as in construction for several years. He then, as he has told all, had a desire to travel the world and was able to obtain a job with the international construction company, Atlas Construction/Morrison Knudson from 1950-59 working in Northern Africa, (French Morocco), Iceland and Indochina (Cambodia and Vietnam).
In 1960, after 3 years of courtship, he married the love of his life, Jane Dahlke on August 27, 1960 at St. Patrick's Church, Verplanck, NY. After returning to America he became a member of Local 137 Operating Engineers. He worked for Ottaviano and then Monfort Brothers Southern Duchess Sand and Gravel until retiring in 1993 at the age of 66. After retirement he was, as he liked to describe himself, the "gopher" at his sons' (Paul and Kevin's) welding and truck repair business, Riverview Industries. Harold was so proud that he and Jane could work in the family business for so many years during their golden years.
Harold and Jane's marriage produced six wonderful children ; Paul, Kevin, Steven, Patricia, Kathleen and Susan. He was the proud grandfather to his grandchildren, Jeffrey and Alexander (Paul); Michael, Ashley and Chelsea (Kevin); Evan, Mikayla and Joshua (Steven) and Cody and Riley (Susan).
He was an assistant scoutmaster to his three boys in the Boy Scouts and looked forward each year to a week at Boy Scout summer camp in the Adirondacks. Harold was also very active in the community as a member of the Peekskill Elks, American Legion, Buchanan Engine Company as well as Cortlandt Engine Company. While a member of Cortlandt Engine Company he was a fire commissioner for many years and continued to march in the parades well into his 80's. For many years he also arranged reunions for the Peekskill Armory as well as his high school class.
After retirement he remained active in the Buchanan Senior golf league and had the fortune of getting a hole in one at the age of 91. He also continued to enjoy the opportunity to travel, to far off places as Australia, New Zealand, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and most recently Ecuador.
He remained active in the church as a eucharistic minister.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Meda DePalma as well as his oldest son, Paul.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations in memory of Harold to "Harold Reichard Scholarship Fund for Trade School"; in care of Riverview Industries, 3012 Route 9 Cold Spring NY 10516.