Our History

In 1979, airline pilot Darrell Reber bought several acres with an old barn and farmhouse in Kent. His only intent at that time was to start a farm. Following a cattle herd misadventure, Darrell shifted his focus to horse boarding. With the help of his sons, he built the barn that would become the precursor to Reber Ranch. Several years later, the local racetrack Long Acres had insufficient off-season boarding facilities, and the Rebers erected several barns for their overflow horses. At their peak of horse boarding, Reber Ranch boarded 340 horses! In 1984, this venture spawned an official 800-meter horse track, training facilities, and stalls. The following year, the Rebers converted part of the barn into a store, beginning Reber Ranch.

Tragedy soon followed when a heater accident burned the shop. Unfazed, the Rebers rebuilt their store, and continued expanding to meet increasing consumer demand.

Reber Ranch is continuing to grow thanks to all of you! We love being part of our community and know that so many of you have grown up with us. The third generation of Rebers are now working at the store and continuing to keep Darrell's dream alive.

 

Goodbye to our founders

Remembering Darrell:


On September 7, 2005 Darrell D. Reber lost his valiant nine-month fight against leukemia at the age of 69 at his home in Kent, Washington. He was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin, grew up in Rudolph on the family dairy farm, graduated from North Dakota State University on a full basketball scholarship, and began a career with the US Air Force, stationed all over the country. Darrell wore many different hats during his eventful life, from nine years as an Air Force captain flying KC-135 tanker combat missions in the Vietnam War to 10 years of farming in Northfield, Minnesota. Finally, he flew for 25 years with Northwest Airlines, finishing his career as a 747 captain. During his lifetime, Darrell built three family homes, and in 1978 he moved to Kent, WA to build his final house and joined the Meridian Valley Golf Club. Here he started a small horse boarding business that grew into the Reber Ranch Country Store on the East Hill of Kent. Additionally, he founded the Animal Supply Company, a wholesale distribution company with warehouses in Washington, Oregon, and California. However, his most treasured achievement was as a devoted husband, dedicated dad, and loving grandpa. He is dearly missed by all the many people whose lives he touched.

Remembering Sally:

Sally Joyce Reber (“Maga” to her grandchildren), 85, passed away with family by her side on October 31, 2020 after suffering a stroke a week earlier while doing what she loved most – dining out with friends.  After moving 29 times during her lifetime, she has made her final move.

Sally was born in Fargo, ND on July 20, 1935 – the third of four daughters to Obert and Catherine Fossay.  She grew up on a farm “with no electricity and only an outhouse for a bathroom” during the Depression.  Life growing up on a small farm was challenging and her parents modeled working hard without complaining.  She and her sisters sat in the front row of church each Sunday watching their mom play the organ.

Sally met her future husband while a senior at North Dakota State University and then married on August 4, 1957 after she graduated.  She started her family of three boys on July 10, 1958 and began their journey of living on multiple air force bases around the country.  Sally taught Home Economics while raising her three boys in Northfield, Minnesota.

Sally and Darrell finally put down permanent roots in Kent, Washington 42 years ago.  She lived in Meridian Valley Country Club where she had many good friends because she was such a good friend to others.  Her hobbies included golfing, skiing, playing cards, reading, cooking, and socializing.  She loved to travel and was blessed to have been able to travel to all seven continents.  She is most known for her sense of humor, work ethic, friendliness, love of family and friends, and her endless energy (commonly referred to as “the energizer bunny”).  She was also known for her strength – supporting her husband through a battle with leukemia that he lost in 2005 and beating cancer herself (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) over a decade ago.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Darrell Reber, her son Scott Reber and his wife Joan, and her sisters Carolyn and MaryAnn.  She is survived by her two sons and their wives – Randy (Meryl) and Todd (Janelle); her four grandchildren – Megan (Joe), Michael (Emily), Aelin, and Nicole; her two great grandchildren Kayla and Joe Jr.; and her sister Elizabeth (Bit) Skaar.