Kurt D. Reichenbach

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Kurt D. Reichenbach

June 12, 1952 - October 07, 2018

Kurt D. Reichenbach, 66, of Northumberland, passed away Oct. 7, 2018, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family and friends after a long illness.
He was born June 12, 1952, in Sunbury, a son of the late William O. and Bernice (Beachell) Reichenbach.

He is survived by one son, Kurt D. Reichenbach and his companion Brandi Crabb of Spring Mills; one daughter, Michelle L. Reichenbach and her companion Matthew Jarrett of Mahanoy City; one stepson, Robert Boyd (Stationed in Kuwait) and his wife Teanne of Catawissa; six grandchildren, Liam and Emily Reichenbach, Noah Ramirez, Vincent Callo, Steven Stitzel and Kaitlain Jarrett; three stepgrandchildren, Venice and Ellis Boyd, and Raelynn Cutchall; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Trudy and Donald Miller of Sunbury and Judy and Charles Joline of Berwick; four nieces and several great-nieces and nephews.

Kurt was a 1970 graduate of Shikellamy High school and attended Bloomsburg University.
He was a member of Northumberland No. 1 Fire Company and an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan. He attended many games over the years and was a regular face at Bowman Field, Williamsport. Anyone who had the pleasure to talk to him about baseball would learn very quickly he knew all there was to know about the game. He could tell you player's stats, and give you details about games played years before.

His love for baseball can be seen in the many charters and associations he belonged to. He had more than 35 years as a P.I.A.A. baseball umpire and basketball official as well as 10 years as a P.I.A.A. softball umpire. He was a charter member of the Chesapeake Basin Umpires Association with 12 years serving the CBOA EX. Board and four years as president. He had 20 years as an A.S.A. Softball umpire, served as an interpreter for District 4 baseball and as a assignor in SVL league.

Kurt served many years as a secretary in West Branch Baseball League. He umpired several years in West Branch, North Branch and American Legion Baseball. He played several years with Watsontown in West Branch Adult Baseball League. He worked 10 years as N.C.A.A. Basketball official and 25 years a N.C.A.A. Baseball umpire. He worked more than 50 P.I.A.A. District 4 and State Baseball playoff games and was a 1996 P.I.A.A State Championship Umpire.

Kurt also was very proud to have been able to umpire in Semi-Pro Can-Am League, Frontier and Heartland leagues. With being honored in umpiring the 2008 Division 2 College World Series. He wore his World Series ring proudly.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Interment will be in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

All donations may be made to either the family, Northumberland No. 1 Fire Company or to any Little League/High School Baseball/ Softball to help spread his love for the game.
Published on October 10, 2018
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Dave Lesko
Oct 14, 2018
Kurt was a good friend as a fellow college umpire. Used to tell him truthfully that he had the best strike zone in PA. He and I were both products of Central PA upbringing, and we often had fun conversations about the wonderful days of baseball at Bowman Field and surrounding area. Was privileged to be his partner for his last umpiring assignment at Dickinson, where he did the plate flawlessly, but needed my help getting up the steep hill behind right field on way to parking lot. Instead of complaining about his breathing difficulty, he said he was just glad he could finish the game. Loved sitting with him at Bucknell basketball games where we would watch not just the players, but the offic...ials, as well. His smile was contagious, his baseball rules knowledge deep, and his post-game evaluations very helpful. We would often pray together before we left the parking lot which we called our ‘outdoor locker room’. One memorable location was at Lock Haven in March with the temps in the high 20s. Kurt said before the doubleheader that he might not make it through the 2 games, but he was going to try even with the beginning of his heart problems. What a gamer was Kurt. Many will miss him, including me.
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Robin Yagel Webb
Oct 12, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Kurt’s family. He was a comedian with a heart of gold.His baseball knowledge will be missed. His love of my Mac and cheese at every picnic and birthday celebrations just won’t be the same without him.The days I took Mac and cheese to the hotel Geisinger he called it are all done but I will see him someday with an even bigger container full ! I was happy to go see him with my brother Doug. and enjoyed his laughter.Kurt you left a void in our lives but we will see you soon. Till we meet again Rest In Peace without any pain
George Henry
Oct 12, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the Kurt's family. I would like everyone to know how instrumental Kurt was in creating great umpires. I personally benefited from his constructive criticism and friendly advice. I appreciate everything he has done for me. I am blessed to have known him and call him a friend. He will be greatly missed.
Robert Brown
Oct 12, 2018
On behalf of the membership of the Chesapeake Basin Collegiate Baseball Umpires Association, we wish Kurt's family peace during this time of sorrow and grief.

Keith was a friend to many and enjoyed by all that knew him. May he have a peaceful eternal rest.
Lisa Sellard
Oct 11, 2018
Deepest sympathy for Kurt's family. Prayers for strength in this difficult time. He was a good man and will be missed by many.
Jessica Winters (Schooley)
Oct 11, 2018
My thoughts are to his family during this most difficult time. I’ve known Kurt for all of my 26 years of life. I spent many hours in the car traveling to baseball games, I’ve enjoyed his company during holidays, and the photo you see above was taken by me on our fishing trip in Oswego, NY. He was a one of the kind soul. I’ve never met anyone like him. He is apart of my family and I will miss taking the phone from my dad just to say hi to him. I love you “Rent-A-Dad”. I hope he is pain free now. I’ll miss you Kurt, until we meet again ❤️
Doug and Susan Estes (Williamsport Crosscutters)
Oct 11, 2018
Our condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed at Bowman Field. It was a great pleasure knowing him.
Joe Volpe
Oct 11, 2018
Kurt was a great man on and off the field my condolences to his family and may God grant him eternal rest
Joe Volpe
Oct 11, 2018
May God grant Kurt eternal rest and and comfort his family through these hard times. Kurt was a great man as well as a great umpire I worked with him on a few tournaments and it was fun to be around him on and off the field. God Bless Kurt
Vanessa Rosa
Oct 11, 2018
I have had the distinct honor and privilege of knowing Kurt for over 30 years. Besides his love of all things baseball, he had a great sense of humor, told the best jokes and had the amazing ability to put a smile on anyone's face. He was truly a great friend and confidante. He was like an uncle to my daughters who had the opportunity to travel to many baseball games he umpired with their Dad and attended many baseball games at Bowman Field to watch the Crosscutters. I will truly miss my dear friend and can find some comfort in knowing he is pain free and reunited with his parents. RIP Kurt. ❤❤
Chris Hendrickson,Shikellamy Baseball Umpire Chapter
Oct 11, 2018
Kurt was a good man and smart umpire who used his experience and knowledge of the game to help anyone who wanted to umpire or to be a better umpire. District 4 umpires are some of the best in the entire state and I believe that Kurt played a significant role in that being the case. You will not be forgotten!
Paul Lancaster
Oct 11, 2018
Deepest sympathies to his family! I umpired at the D-2 level with Kurt for many years. What a great guy on and of the field. Many Memories of him.
God Bless your Family!
Andrew Mills
Oct 11, 2018
So sad to hear of Kurt's passing. I knew him well while playing against him in the West Branch Baseball League, as well as coaching at Southern Columbia High School.
Fellow Umpire
Oct 11, 2018
I’m very sorry for your loss. Kurt was a good man and will be missed.
Jeffrey Smith
Oct 11, 2018
Trudy and Judy, on behalf of the rest of my family (not including your cousin) I extend deepest sympathy on Kurt's death. It was a joy to get to know him after I moved to Sunbury with my late Grandfather.
Ginny Herrold Chapman
Oct 10, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, Trudy and Judy. I send my deepest sympathy.
Richard Hunt
Oct 10, 2018
We went to school at Norry then at Shick. So sorry for the loss of a fellow Brave