William L. Reed 1931-2024 | News, sports, jobs

KINSMAN – William L. Reed, 93, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2024 at Cortland Healthcare Center.

Born February 1, 1931 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Glen E. and Helen V. Palmer Reed. After graduating from Punxsutawney High School, Mr. Reed served in the United States Army as a combat medic during the Korean War before being honorably discharged in 1954.

He married the love of his life, Jane B. Smith, on September 11, 1951. At the time of her death in 2015, they had been together for 63 years.

Mr. Reed worked as a machinist at Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc. for 31 years. in Warren, where they knew him as “Farmer Reed.” After long days at the steel mill, Farmer Reed went home to tend to his beef cattle. He shared his love of farming with his youngest son, Doug. The simple pleasures of driving a tractor, making good quality hay and spending time with his family on the farm brought him immense happiness.

Over the years, Mr. Reed has volunteered as a Sunday School teacher at Hartford Methodist Church in Fowler and Bethel Creek Baptist Church in Live Oak, Florida. In his spare time, William enjoyed wintering in Live Oak with his beloved wife. They enjoyed spending time playing cards and potlucks with their relatives who also lived in the same town. Their shared adventures and experiences together created cherished memories that will be remembered forever. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Laurie A. (Dennis) Newman of Payson, Arizona; son, G. Douglas (Lori) Reed of Johnston; eight grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Hazlett of Johnston and Delores Burkett of Markton, Pa.; and daughter-in-law, Melanie Reed of Spartansburg, Pa.

In addition to his wife, Jane, he was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven L. Reed; and brothers, Gilbert, Paul, Mervin and Carl Reed.

Services were Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Baumgardner Funeral Home in Kinsman, with burial in Johnston Cemetery.

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