Paul Michael Reber, age 69, died peacefully at Rosetta Assisted Living on July 7th, 2019 from complications of a dastardly criminal named Parkinson’s Disease, which continues to plague our society relentlessly.
His friends and peers knew him best as a positive and spiritual light that will be never be extinguished, even long after his Sun has set. His family knew him only as a kind, funny and mild-mannered Father, Big Brother and oldest Son and protector of his mom, Velma Reber.
Mike was known for his dogged determination, positive energy, wicked sense of humor and dashing good looks. Mike vanquished many foes throughout his life including Melanoma, Glossophobia, and Prostate Cancer. He always knew the right things to say when crises arose, mainly, dispel all negative thoughts, remain positive and maintain that things will always work out.
Mike was a successful Real Estate entrepreneur, having excelled in selling property and also developing several Helena sub-divisions, including the crown Jewel of Mount Helena, West Ridge. He was a member of the Exchange Club, Toastmasters and coffee club with his buddies.
Mike, a true kid of the 60’s, graduated from Helena’s Cathedral High School in 1968. He was in the band, Wheatstone Bridge Company, where he played the keyboards and mastered many of the then popular songs, including the keyboard solo, “Light my Fire” by the Doors, which reached critical acclaim from his younger sisters and their friends.
He reached adulthood and his generation grew up amid the strife and unrest of tumultuous times; the Vietnam war and the draft, (he lucked out with a high number) to the assassination of great leaders, political unrest and a landing on the moon. His sense of self was developed by those years, and he chose to be a kind, genial and gentle soul. He attended the University of Montana and graduated from Carroll College. He then dabbled in a few businesses until his love of real estate won the day.
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His true pride and joy, was his son, Shane Michael, aka “Big Red.” The two had many laughs and adventures together. Shane loyally looked after him and visited him weekly throughout his illness from his home in Bozeman. Their unique father and son bond will forever remain.
Besides his son Shane, Mike is survived by his mother Velma Reber, sisters Deborah (Debbie) Carter (Downey, CA) and Rebecca (Becky) Reber-Burness (Mill Valley, CA) and brother David W. Reber (Austin, Texas), 3 nephews, 3 nieces and a grandnephew.
He is preceded in death by his revered father, Paul William Reber (1985), and infant brother, Kevin Joseph Reber, (1956).
The family would like to acknowledge and profusely thank his caregivers including his nurse Marie Lavinder, the loving staff of angels at Rosetta and the kind souls of St. Peter’s Health Hospice. Also, a thank you to Robert Meyer, our loyal friend and frequent visitor of Mike in his final days, supplying him with endless chocolate bars.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in his name to St. Peter’s Health Hospice. Mike’s wish would be that you send him off to his next stop with your loving positive thoughts and to keep him in your hearts and prayers always. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Mike.