Charles William “Bill” Reed, 95, passed away Aug. 31, 2012, at the Rouse Home of Warren County, where he resided the past nine months. He was born in Ridgeway on July 24, 1917 to the late Ruth Dickey and Rollin Amos Reed. On June 12, 1948, he married Ruth Anna Eckert who preceeded him in death on Aug. 16, 2006. He is survived by his four children, March (Michael) of Kersey, PA, C. William Reed Jr. (Alex McIntyre) of Henrietta, NY, Donald Reed (Kate) of Warren, PA, and Carol Reed of Huntsville, TX. He is also survived by three grandsons, Michael Keller (Dawn) of Harrisburg, PA, Aaron Keller (Jessie), and Dane Reed of Warren, PA. Also surviving are a brother, J. Franklin Reed (Dorothy) of Newville, PA; sisters, Helen Olson (Art) of San Jose, CA and Betty Hatfield of Horseheads, NY; many nieces and nephews; and his “other daughter,” close friend Noreen Wiegand of Kersey. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Kathryn Cowart, Max Reed and Elizabeth Reed.
Bill was a lifelong resident of Ridgway graduating from Ridgway High School and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science with a BS degree in Pharmacy. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the First Medical Laboratory, working in blood banks in North Africa and throughout Europe. He served on a special assignment to Dachau Concentration Camp upon its liberation to help treat survivors for Typhus.
Bill was a pharmacist at Cliffe’s Pharmacy in Ridgway for 36 years, retiring in 1986. He then worked as a relief pharmacist as the Elk County General Hospital and for several area pharmacies for several years.
He and Ruth loved traveling, particularly to Texas and Williamsburg, VA. They loved spending time with their children and grandchildren, and always enjoyed the company of their Doberman Pinschers. Bill enjoyed stamp collecting, photography, gardening, camping, reading, model railroading and compiling the family genealogy.
Bill was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Ridgway where he served as a ruling elder among many other capacities. He was a 60-year member and past president of the Ridgway Lions Club and was a Melvin Jone Fellow, a charter member of the Montmorenci Fire Company where he served as secretary for many years, a life member and past president of the Elk County Historical Society, the Ridgway Library Association, a Master Mason with the Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, the International Order of Odd Fellows and many other organizations.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 119 Center Street, Ridgway, PA. Memorials may be made to the Ruth Reed Nursing Scholarship Fund, Elk County Community Foundation, PO Box 934, St. Marys, PA 15857, or the Friends of the Rouse, 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, PA 16371, or a charity of choice.