Evelyn May Reichlin, 96, passed away peacefully, under the watchful eyes of her family, from complications brought on by a fall that broke her hip.

A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held sometime in the spring. She requested no services, and her remains will be placed between the graves of her mother and father.

Evelyn was born and raised in Smith River as the only daughter of Chester and May (Owen) Crook. She is a direct descendant of the pioneer Crook Family that came to the Smith River valley and Pistol River, Oregon, area in the early 1850s. She attended Smith River Grade School and graduated from Del Norte High School.

During World War II, she and her cousin Shirley Owen hitchhiked to San Diego, where she worked for Consolidated Airlines as a Rosie the Riveter, building new aircraft and repairing aircraft damaged in combat. She was very proud of her participation in the war effort. During that time she met Joe Reichlin, and when he was on leave from the Navy they traveled to Arizona and got married.

She and Joe had three boys: Gale (Barbara), Dwayne (Charlene) and Tim (Vanda). Grandchildren are Terri, John, Rene and Heidi, of Smith River; Shellli, of Iona; Aimee, of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Lorrie, of Smith River, Laura, of Coos Bay; Justin, of Crescent City; Danielle, of Smith River, and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Evelyn enjoyed visiting with her many grandchildren, traveling to as many places as she could as often as possible and enjoyed sharing her travels with friends and family. She enjoyed her cats, doing flower arrangements and early on spent a lot of time doing ceramics. In the early ‘50s, she and her husband, Joe Reichlin, built their home in Smith River, where they raised their family and where she lived her entire adult life, which was about 50 yards from where she was born.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents, Chester and May Crook, brother Lester Crook and her husband, Joe Reichlin.

— Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel

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