Timothy John Reigler was born on Oct. 23, 1956, in Midland, Mich., where he lived until he went to Albion College in 1974. Tim lived in Colorado for several years before moving in 1982 to Keene, Calif., where he lived until his death at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital on July 10, 2017.
Tim was a writer, poet, publisher, artist and accomplished musician who delighted in encouraging children to discover and pursue their natural artistic and musical talents. Tim began writing music, lyrics, poetry and essays as a teenager. His book, “Of Other Worlds,” was published in 1992, and another book was in the works when Tim died. Tim began guitar lessons at the age of 4. He also played numerous other instruments.
Tim was inspired to begin painting (under the name of Timo) in the 1990s after a hiking tour of the petroglyphs in Renegade Canyon within China Lake Naval Station near Ridgecrest, Calif. Most of Timo’s paintings feature the symbols found in these petroglyphs. Tim’s book and many of Timo’s paintings will be displayed at his memorial service.
Tim loved being outdoors. Tim enjoyed and played many sports. He excelled at baseball and football, especially in high school. Tim was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hike, hunt, fish and study the natural world.
In the mid 1970s, Tim worked as a part of the security team at The Lodge at Vail, where he met First Lady Betty Ford for a chat each morning at the lodge’s main fireplace, before accompanying the First Lady to her car. Tim met his wife, Bridget Beard, in 1978 in Black Hawk, Colo., where they both lived until 1982.
As sole proprietor of the Keene Store for several years in the mid 1980s (when it was a café and convenience store, with a full service gasoline pump), Tim met many diverse people from all around the world. After the Keene Store, Tim learned the land business from his wife and then worked as a landman, performing title work and due diligence land work for clients in the oil and gas industry.
With children and adults alike, Tim promoted the concept of always striving to be a “good person.” He would discuss this at length with children, then strive to lead by example. Tim was a very “good man” and a great friend. He had many friendships that are still strong decades later.
Tim was an exceptionally kind, loving and generous person. He gave not only to those he knew, but also to the homeless and those “down and out.” Tim had a personal tradition of passing out clothes, shoes, food and perhaps a little cash to homeless and “down & out” individuals he encountered in Kern County around Christmastime. He did this quietly, anonymously and on his own, not as a part of any sort of program or at a given facility or institution. He always said he did not have to look very far to find someone in need any time of the year, and his quiet generosity was not limited to Christmastime.
Tim and Bridget have no children, but Tim cherished and is loved by many children and several adults who knew Tim all or most of their lives. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Bridget Beard (of Keene, Calif.); his three siblings: Barbara Webb, Patricia Reigler and James Reigler (wife Laura Shoun); niece, Jamie Webb (all of Midland, MI); numerous cousins and an aunt; in-laws: Rebecca and Ed Bickel (of Louisville, Ky.), April and Mark Wilson and nephew Alex Wilson (of Hamilton, Texas); his extended “California family”, which includes: Ryan Gibson, his children: Michael, Riley, Chloe and Nathan; Rachel Furr, Carolyn Sly (of Bakersfield, Calif.); Jessica & Jeremy Sly, their children: Kayla and Marian; and Michelle French (of Tehachapi, Calif.); as well as numerous close friends, in Michigan, Colorado, California and elsewhere. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Anna Marie Reigler.
Tim is loved by many and his presence on this earth will continue to be greatly missed.
A short memorial service for Tim will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Alpine Forest Park Chalet, at 18900 Alps Drive, Tehachapi, Calif., followed by a catered party in the same location. Casual attire is strongly recommended. If you play music, please bring your instrument(s) to play and/or jam with others at the party. While certainly not necessary, if you wish, you may bring or send something edible to share at the party. (Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed at this location.) You may contact Tim’s wife at TimothyReigler@yahoo.com.