Vol. 111 - Issue 10, Thursday, March 5, 2009
Robert G. Reed
Robert G. Reed, 85, of Strawberry Lane, Clayton, N.Y., formerly of Schuyler Lake, died Thursday evening, Feb. 26, at his home.
Born June 26, 1923, in Carthage, the son of Everett E. and Lena Abel Reed, he attended high school in Ilion.
He enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 11, 1942, and served in the Armed Guard mostly aboard U.S. Merchant Marine ships as a gunners mate. His military service took him to England, Scotland, Africa, E. Africa, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and the Philippines. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 20, 1945, as a seaman first class.
He married Mary Helen Washburn on Aug. 28, 1946, at Schuyler Lake, and the marriage ended in divorce.
Before the war he was employed at Remington Arms Corp., Ilion. After the war, he worked for a short time for the Herkimer County Department of Public Works. He then learned the auto body and fender repair trade at Randalls in E. Herkimer.
After finishing his on-the-job training, he went to work for Smith Garage, Richfield Springs. Later, he started his own body and finder business at the family home in Schuyler Lake. He also worked in that capacity at Skinner and Welch, Richfield Springs. He then joined the Allstate Insurance Company as an adjuster, working in Utica and Watertown.
Mr. Reed has always had a keen interest in hunting and fishing, and especially enjoyed big game hunts for moose in Canada.
He also enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, and was an avid boxing fan.
Surviving are three children, Jerry E. Reed, Whitesboro, Bobbi and Michael G. Bolton, Redwood, and Kevin L. and Debra Reed, Cisco, Texas; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Helena Paschke, Ilion; his nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Bonnie L. Gamble Reed.
Arrangements were with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Maple Grove Cemetery, Richville, NY.
Donations may be made in his name to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624.