Rein Magi

Rein Magi

Thursday, October 6th, 1938 - Sunday, October 11th, 2020
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Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and teammate has passed-away.
Rein Magi
October 6, 1938, Saaremaa, Estonia - October 11, 2020, Whidbey Island, WA

Rein departed for his last journey from his home, with his wife, Merike, by his side.

He was a longtime Portland resident, and an active member of the Estonian community, especially in sports, folk dance, and social gatherings. Rein's family lived on the Estonian island of Saaremaa until 1944, as refugees in Displaced Person camps of Germany's American zone until 1949, and in Newberg and Tigard, Oregon, thereafter. Rein attended Fowler Middle School, Tigard High School, and Portland State University, where he majored in English. In 1961 he was drafted to the US Army. He was then deployed to Augsburg, Germany, in response to the Berlin Crisis. Rein went on to serve in the Army Reserves, where he would serve out a 35-year career. Ultimately, he was the Command Sergeant Major of the 104th Division, then based in Vancouver, Washington.

In his civilian life, Rein worked in the Washington County Department of Justice as a Juvenile Probation Officer. In the justice system and the Army alike, Rein graciously taught and empowered the youth. Near the end of his career, he became a father; his heartfelt leadership was always gentle, kind, and good-humored.

Like his parents, Rein enjoyed creative, constructive pursuits. He truly could build or fix anything. He spent his retirement with Merike in Washington, tending to a hobby farm in Monroe and finally enjoying the Whidbey Island coastline.

He is survived by his wife, Merike Mägi, children, Aleks and Tiiu Mägi, and siblings, Martin Mägi and Anne Mägi Poole. He was also blessed with two grandsons, Markus Mägi (born 2019), and Oskar Uku Morlier (born 2012).

He will be laid to rest at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, Washington on Saturday, November 7th at 3pm.
Arrangements have been made with the assistance of Whidbey Memorial Funeral and Cremation Service.
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Jon Root

Posted at 09:35pm
I was sad to receive the news of CSM Magi's passing. Rein was the Command Sergeant Major for Training Support Brigade when I was the commander and I also worked with him while he was the Division Command Sergeant Major. Simply put, he was superb in his many roles in these positions and worked tirelessly for the enlisted soldiers and seamlessly with those who reported to him and those to whom he reported. Rein, while focused on his work, was always enjoyable to be around. Even though I haven't had the opportunity to see him for a number of years, I will miss him.

Jon Root
Major General (Retired)
U.S. Army


Posted at 11:37pm
Only a few people come in to our lives and leave a lasting memory, I am grateful that Rein was one. I saw him as a gracious man and I will always smile when I think of him. Merike, my condolences to you and your family


Gunther Hoffmann

Posted at 11:53am
I’ve had the privilege of serving with Rein in the 104th Division. He was a fine Command Sergeant Major and well respected by all. May he Rest In Peace. Gunther Hoffmann CWO4 Ret.

Tom Mattson

Posted at 01:35pm
Sincere condolences. Rein was a soldier's soldier with high standards who will not be soon forgotten.
MG(Ret) Tom Mattson

Tiia-Mai Redditt

Posted at 07:15pm
I am sorry to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Rein is part of the rich history of our Estonian heritage and roots and we are forever grateful for him. He will be missed in our community.

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