Barry Leroy Reichley Sr., known by all as “Pat,” died late Friday morning, Aug. 18, 2017, at his home in Snowflake. Inurnment with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road.
He was born on Monday, Jan. 7, 1946, in Sunbury, Pa., to the late Thomas LeRoy and Kathryn Irene (Reddick) Reichley. As a kid, Grandma gave him the nickname of “Pat, the Red-Headed Irishman,” and that is the reason that everyone knows him as Pat.
As a teenager, Pat appreciated the beauty of his surroundings and spent a lot of time in the woods. He enjoyed going to the movies with his friends, where a good time was always had. Pat was a huge Elvis Presley fan and remained one throughout his life.
As a young man at the age of 19, he enlisted in the United States Army during the height of the Vietnam War as a combat soldier. As a member of the 1/11 Cavalry ACR Blackhorse Division, he was an expert rifleman. Serving on the frontline, Pat saw, firsthand, the ravages that war brings. He “was blown out of track” on an ACP Troop Carrier.
Following his honorable release from the military, Pat moved to Arizona.
He married his forever sweetheart, Peggy Joyce Meyers, on Friday, April 4, 1969. In the early years of his marriage, Pat began working for the Arizona State Hospital as a truck driver. He drove trucks for many years until his health no longer permitted him to do so. For the many years following his military service, Pat suffered from PTSD. This, along with exposure to Agent Orange, caused him to become disabled and retire at an early age.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Reichley; two sons, Barry Reichley Jr. and William Reichley; three stepsons, Thomas Curren, Robert Curren and James Curren; and one grandson, Wade Reichley.
Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.