Jason’s Obituary, Laramie Boomerang, Friday, March 31st, 2006, page 5.

Jason Charles Reher, 38, who grew up in Laramie and resided in Green River, Wyoming, died March 27, 2006, of injuries received in a work-related accident.

Jason is the son of Charles A. Reher and Sandra (Van Klaveren) Reher of Laramie.

He was a great skier in downhill and cross country. During his stint on the Laramie High School cross country team he was one of the better skiers in the state, including winning in 1986 the prestigious Wyoming Governor’s Cup Race. On that particular day, he was the best skier in Wyoming. In the winter while working in Steamboat Springs, he was on his downhill skis almost every day. He was an avid golfer, was on dart teams, liked mountain biking, and was professional-level bowler. He had a bowling average well above 200, had perfect 300 games, and often was part of the top league team in town.He was always very interested in history and “old-time things”, having grown up playing with his trucks on dirt piles at buffalo jumps, old cavalry forts, prehistoric fortresses, and the like, and eventually was employed as an archaeological field technician. He was a good flint knapper, making replicas of ancient chipped-stone tools. But at the same time, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and, yes, the Beatles, were his thing. He was a computer expert — repair and maintenance, programming, software, installing the cabling for a new network, teaching computer use to beginners — he could do it all. He was for his whole life an avid reader of the best in science fiction.Jason was a dedicated fisherman, starting as a young lad at the beaver ponds around Laramie then building an ice fishing house with his dad and using that a lot, and he later moved on to lakes, reservoirs and streams throughout the region. His family remembered the many nights when he brought home trout for dinner. He loved to go to places he had never been, hiking around and exploring a new territory. His friends remember that he was never one to follow a marked trail and said he must have had an “internal compass.”  Many of the pictures in family albums show him out in the mountains or plains somewhere, fishing in a canyon deep in the Bighorns, climbing a pine tree in the Sunlight Basin wilderness up by Cody, playing in a stream in the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico, clambering over a boulder pile in the Laramie Range, sitting on a hillside in the Black Hills, wandering through the sagebrush up in the Powder River Basin, sliding down a sand dune out in the Green River Basin…Jason never had an unkind word to say about anyone. He would light up a room with his presence, his stories, and his great laugh. The youngest children, especially, just naturally sensed his good nature and they would just walk over and sit down and start talking with him as soon as they saw him. He had a love for animals, especially his cats, Milton and Buscha. We will miss him greatly.Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the United Presbyterian Church, 215 S. 11th in Laramie. Pallbearers will be Tim Santoro, Mike Peterson, Andre Elkins, Thomas Barnes, Matt O’Neal, and George Rich. Honorary pallbearers are Dan Benoist, James Reher Jr., Brian Culnan, Dan Chappelle, and Paul Reher. A separate graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3, at Green Hill Cemetery, 15th and Lewis, Laramie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Laramie Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2224, Laramie, WY, 82070. Services are under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.Copyright 2006 Laramie Boomerang
Jason graduated from Laramie High School in 1986, and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1993. He was employed as a Railroad Car Repair Crew Supervisor and Railroad Yard Switchman for companies involved with the mining industry in the Rock Springs area. At the same time, he also traveled extensively as the Regional Service Technician for Dell Computers. For quite a few years before moving to Green River, he was the Computer Systems Manager for the Sheraton Hotel and Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.He was preceded in death by his Grandfathers, Virgil V. Reher and William Van Klaveren, and Grandmother, Patricia (Heaton) Diegel. He is survived by his mother and father, Charles and Sandra, his sister, Arienna and her husband, Brian Culnan, and their children — niece, Brienna and nephew, Alex of Laramie, and also by Grandmother, Elsie Van Klaveren of Hayden, Idaho, his fiancée, Diana Schaffer and her children, Erin and Thomas, from Green River, along with many other relatives and friends.He loved exploring the outdoors whether on archaeological projects with his father or traveling with his mother and sister all over the United States or visiting relatives in England.

 

 


 

Article on the accident from the Green River Star, Wednesday, March 29th, 2006.

GR man dies in accident at FMC Monday
By STEPHANIE HABERKORN, Staff WriterA 38-year-old Green River man died after being crushed by a railcar near a local trona mine.Jason Charles Reher was pronounced dead at the scene on 2:20 a.m. Monday near FMC Corporation, Travis Sanders, Sweetwater County chief deputy coroner, said. Reher was hooking up an airline when he got caught underneath the railroad cars. Sanders said a couple of cars rolled over Reher and he died from multiple trauma.Sweetwater County Sheriff Dave Gray said the department was notified about the accident and deputies were sent to ensure there was no foul play involved in the accident.”It’s a terrible tragedy that’s happened here,” Gray said.Since the accident happened near FMC, but it did not involve an FMC employee there was debate as to which agency would investigate it — the Mine, Safety and Heath Administration or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
OSHA will conduct the investigation because Reher worked for rail switching company called Canac Industrial Rail Management out of SLC, Johnnie Hall, OSHA– Wyoming Workers Safety compliance supervisor, said.Hall said the onsite investigation will take at least two days, which includes interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence. It’s important to ask witnesses what they saw and what happened.Hall said investigators will complete a case file, which could take anywhere from three weeks to three months. It all depends on how complicated the case gets.Howard Goodman, Canac senior vice president of people development, said Reher had only been working for the company for a few days. He said Reher was hired on March 17.

Part of Reher’s work detail included switching railroad cars, which is normal everyday procedure for the employees, Goodman said.

“Obviously safety is a primary concern for us,” Goodman said. “It’s extremely important to us,” Goodman said.

OSHA personnel will determine whether Canac violated any OSHA rules and regulations. If Canac did violate any rules, the company can receive citations, he said.”We will do narrative fatality report,” Hall said.As for Canac, Goodman said the company will conduct its own investigation to see if there is something that needs to be changed to keep employees safe.”This tragic event is something that grabs our attention,” Goodman said. “Our hearts go out to his family. He had just become apart of our family.”

Hall said FMC hired Canac to configure the railroad cars. Usually, the crews will bring railcars in and out of the staging area, but the accident did not occur on FMC property.

Copyright 2006 Green River Star

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