Dad was born on November 1, 1922, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He started working at the age of 5 thinning beets for long hours. Dad did not care for farming, because he had to miss school from grades 3 -12 for harvest, but he did have his eye on Mom, who lived on a nearby farm. They married in 1946, after Dad served in World War II in the Merchant Marines, and ran a business for their first two married years. However, Mom was wise and advised Dad to go on to college in Greeley, Colorado, to get his degree in education. Mom catalyzed Dad's fabulous career as an educator. Mom was a great educator, too, being selected as one of the best teachers in the state of Colorado at the elementary level in 1975.
As Assistant Superintendent in Adams County School District 12 Dad was the Director of Curriculum and responsible for establishing successful programs such as outdoor education, alternate education and orchestra programs, the gifted and talented program, industrial arts, band and general music for the elementary level, and girl's athletics, to name a few. When Dad retired from Adams County District 12 in 1983 Governor Lamm declared an "Alex Reuter Day" because of his contributions to public education. After retiring from education Dad went to work for the EPA and finally retired in 1996.
We will always remember our Dad as a good husband and father. He was a righteous man who loved the Lord. He was "always there for us" during our pain and our joy. He cared deeply for Mom, because he would often tell me that during his last few years of life, when he traveled with me to the many places he or I had to go to for business or fun. We had great talks about the Lord. We know Dad loved his children, Daniel, Patricia, and Richard, and his grandchildren. Dad was a giver, and he gave and gave, even when his health was decaying during his last few months of his life.
We will always admired my Dad for his tenacity of life, that he must have learned as a child, working in the beet field. He was a great leader, husband, and father. He used the gifts God gave him, to help many others, through health, financial, and emotional problems, and he as I stated, he was always there for others. Thank you Dad for a life well-exhibited to help mankind. Dad passed away with his family around him, loving him, as he loved us.
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