MOUNT VERNON — On Sept. 28, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, Chalmer Lee Reed, 93, stepped into glory land. He was born in the family home and was raised on a farm in Darlington, Ohio, where he grew up rough and tough. Though a quiet, common man, he was a vibrant story-teller. His children and grandchildren delighted in listening to him tell stories of his past.
Chalmer or Sam, as many called him, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in Italy, and often told of staying up all night entertaining the crew on his brother, Galen’s ship with stories. He always had a curious and adventurous spirit about him; and after returning home from the military, he tried his hand at various jobs that included pastoring a church for three years and teaching Sunday school for several years.
In later years, he was a Fredericktown police officer, owned and ran a filling station, delivered Hi-Lo trailers across the country, and finally worked many years for Kokosing Construction until his retirement. He always enjoyed a funny joke, playing his guitar and snacking on a good doughnut.
He loved the Lord, his wife, his family and friends, and enjoyed spending time with them. Though he will be missed by many, there is peace in knowing that he has found his way home.
He was born Oct. 22, 1919, in Darlington, Ohio, to the late Ray and Mazie (Teeter) Reed. He was a member of the Pine Street Church of God (Anderson, Ind).
He is survived by his loving wife, Geraldine “Gerri” (Latham) Reed, whom he married Aug. 8, 1947; two sons, Stephen (Marilyn) Reed and Roger (Kathy) Reed, a daughter, Deborah (Don) Hawk, all of Fredericktown; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Duane (Mary) Reed of The Villages in Florida.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Reed and Galen Reed; three sisters, Irene Ruhl, Estella Randall and Inez Hershner.
Friends may call Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pine Street Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), where a funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Bill Fulda will be officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County.
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