Happy 85th birthday, Ed Rech

by marlys good

The Shell Community Hall was filled to overflowing Saturday as family, friends and neighbors gathered to wish Ed Rech a happy birthday. The party was hosted by the Rechs’ daughter Julie Rech of Denver and son Jake of Taipei, Taiwan.

Banners adorned the walls of the hall, the tables were decorated with “happy birthday” runners of pictures of Ed throughout his life. A slide show of Rech’s life and family gatherings played for the enjoyment of all attending.

Jan Barnett baked and decorated the two cakes, chocolate and white, iced in white and decorated with a western motif, horseshoes, the family’s brand, lassos, sheep, etc.

Ed, the son of Lily and Ralph Rech, was born March 27, 1929, at the family home on Shell Creek, not far from where Ed lives today. He graduated from Greybull High School, and attended Montana State College in Bozeman (now Montana State University) where he met Barbara Schaeffer-Stout. The couple exchanged wedding vows on July 26, 1952.

Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Korea and Japan. While he was serving his country, Barbara lived in Greybull. Jock, the first of the couple’s three children, was born while Ed was overseas. Jock (who died in a car wreck in July of 1974) was later joined by brother Jake, currently a project manager on a rail project in Taipei, and sister Julie, now an attorney with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in Denver.

The Rechs lived in Billings for a short time where Ed worked for a farm implement dealer, but soon returned to Greybull where Ed worked for E.T. Foe & Sons before establishing Rech Trucking.

An estimated 80 people attended the party.