Funeral Details

Richard Pogue Reichstein

May 18, 1950 - September 3, 2023


Date and Time

Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 10:00 AM


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Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Waldheim Jewish Cemetery
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Forest Park, Illinois 60130
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Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Memorial Contributions

Tikvah Center for Jewish Recovery and Healing


Richard Pogue Reichstein, age 73.

Dear father of Adria (Michael) Passey and Claire Reichstein. Proud grandfather of Fletcher Wells, Frances Wells, Dolores Reichstein Mene and Salvatore Reichstein Mene. Beloved brother of Dr. Benjamin (Dinora) Reichstein, Dr. Robert (Michele) Reichstein, and the late Susan Toushin and Dr. Leona Cuttler Reichstein. Fond uncle of Noah Toushin, Sydney (Brandon) Bordenkircher, Dr. David Reichstein, Dr. Ari Reichstein, Matthew (Jamie) Reichstein, Sara (Tom) Reichstein, Dr. Jonathan (Payton) Reichstein, and Ranen Reichstein. Loving son of the late Irving and Janet Reichstein (nee Pogue). Richard Reichstein passed in his home after a period of declining health. Richard retired from his law practice after serving the community for over three decades. He specialized in government contracts with a Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University. Richard was particularly proud of his pro bono work representing incarcerated people. Richard was a life-long guitar player and an avid collector of guitars. His favorite musicians included the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and he often played on Buddy Guy's Legends and Kingston Mines late night stages. Known for his style, Richard and his mother Janet loved how Meyer Lansky dressed and often talked about who was wearing what. Growing up in Evanston, Richard was an accomplished high school gymnast, winning the Illinois All State competition on parallel bars. As a child, he enjoyed fishing and singing with his father Irving, and brothers Ben and Bobby. Richard was also an avid reader of history and biography, and would play a game of chess with anyone who was willing. Service Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie, IL 60077. Interment Waldheim Jewish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tikvah Center for Jewish Recovery and Healing To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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I'm so sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like an incredible man and will be greatly missed by many. Try to focus on all of the great memories. You'll still be in tears but you will also have a smile on your face. I do that to this day and I lost my father in 2009. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

John Swain

John Swain
September 6, 2023
I lost a lifelong friend, fellow gymnast, traveling companion., conversationalist and confidant. He was always available. I considered him another brother. I am very saddened to lose him. My deep condolences to Ben. Bobby, Vicki and the girls. May he find everlasting peace.

Chuck Epstein
September 6, 2023
I hold so many wonderful memories of Richard--the first time I met him standing outside my gate smiling as he watched me walk down the street. I knew that this was the start of something amazing--and it was. The party always started when Richard entered the room dressed in something dashing as he quoted ZZ TOP--"Ladies go crazy for a sharp dressed man..." and that he was. I always looked forward to our conversations that could go on for hours diving deep into many topics. Those conversations left me humbled and in awe of his extensive knowledge and ability to weave ideas together in a fascinating way--and spin a tale or two on occasion .

He touched my heart with his kindness to me and my 3 daughters--Ariana. Amanda and Kirby-- in so many ways. We shared many family gatherings, and Richard made everyone feel special and included. He had a kind and compassionate heart,and tried to take care of those around him in small and large gestures. It is hard to convey all that Richard meant to our family in words as feelings dominate as we process his loss.

It is impossible to capture the impact of Richard on my life in words, but it was deep and profound. I am going to hold all of the joy., laughter and love he brought into our lives. in my heart. I hope he is in a happy place strumming his guitar feeling peace and love. Richard's bright light will be missed by all who knew and loved him

Eileen Kaiser
September 9, 2023