With profound sadness we announce the passing of Phil and Beverly, our loving and devoted parents, friends and to all whose lives they touched.
Phil (L.P.) Reinig, business entrepreneur, fly fisherman, avid downhill skier, magnificent dancer, patriot, accomplished traveler, voracious reader, devoted husband and father died on Saturday, July 31st, 2021. Beverly Reinig, devoted wife, mother, artist, animal lover and gifted gardener died Tuesday, August 10th, 2021.
The women in Bev and Phil’s lives were special and cherished. Phil married the love of his life, Beverly, also an avid fly fisherman, biggest fan and homemaker with whom they had six children and celebrated 73+ years of marriage. They loved their mothers, Mamie Reinig (deceased), Rose Lyman (deceased) and their four daughters, Kathleen, Carol, Sheila and Mary Ann. Phil had a loving kinship with his younger sister, Maribeth for which he took pride in her gifted singing voice. Bev’s two sisters, Helen and Lois (deceased) were bonded in family love. There were multiple nieces and nephews for which they had a fond affection.
They also had strong relationships with the men in their lives. His father, Harry (deceased) was his mentor and lover of fly fishing, ranching and the great outdoors. Her father, George Lyman (deceased) mirrored a mutual adoration and affection. His brother, Harry was his best friend, now deceased and no doubt, the three of them are re-united in the heavenly creeks and rivers vying to catch the biggest rainbow trout. Their two sons, Mike who has the same love for ranching, hunting and fishing and Dennis who embodied his father’s intellect and passion for knowledge along with his mother’s faith and compassion. Their son-in-law, Bill was a trusted friend and business advisor with a zest for the great outdoors. Their son-in-law, Gene whom they fostered their deep faith to through their love of the Catholic Church.
They took extreme pride in their six grandchildren (Aaron, Colleen, Tracy, Jenny, Kari and Jackie) and eight great grandchildren (Rhett, Will, Addy, Ella, Reese, Sophia, Jake and Adam) for whom they would encourage the value of education, doing your life in order and enjoy life the way they did with such bravado.
As a Gonzaga University educated electrical engineer, Phil climbed the ladder of success with his first employer out of college, General Electric (GE), subsequently, running the Engineering Department at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His entrepreneur spirit inspired him to start Los Alamos Technological Associates which he ran successfully for over 44 years.
Bev was a wonderful, devoted mother and grandmother. She doted on her family and was happiest when her large brood surrounded her. She hosted large Sunday dinners often preparing her husband’s favorite, fried chicken, potato salad, Van Camp’s pork and beans and brownies with ice cream.
Phil and Bev were sourcing the best fly fishing holes their entire lives. New Mexico, Montana, Washington, Colorado, Chili, Russia and Alaska before they created their very own rainbow trout ponds on their beloved B-Y Ranch in Belgrade, Montana that they found their greatest joy in living. Phil was known to create and tie his signature flies, procuring some of the greatest catches with his own creations. Bev was known for catching the largest “lunkers” which was a comedic contest for the biggest catch between them.
Phil took pride in his service during World War II, serving the rank of private in the Army. He was a true patriot and proud of his service.
Because of their love for family gatherings and celebration, a joint funeral will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church with a memorial service to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with a well-deserved 21-gun salute in Phil’s honor.
Flowers can be sent to Rivera’s Funeral Home 417 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. The family asks that you make a donation to the Salvation Army in your area. They had a special appreciation for the Salvation Army for their exceptional care for the GI’s during WWII.
The family would also like to thank the staff at Ambercare Hospice and Elite Caregivers who took extraordinary care of our parents in their final days.
Finally, the family asks that in honor of Phil and Bev, that you write your favorite memory of them on the Rivera Funeral Home website, https://rivera.mykeeper.com/profile/BeverlyReinig/