Memorial services for William Fredrick Reeder, 96, are scheduled for 3 p.m, Sunday, May 5, at Beehive Homes, located at 2903 Washington Ave. He passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Bill was born April 3, 1917, to Charles F. Reeder and Zoe Ann Reeder in Fillmore, Calif.; one of 5 children.
He graduated from high school in Fillmore, Calif., in 1935 and attended a year of college before he was drafted into the Army, March 17, 1941. He went through basic training and, in 1942, he was able to go through the Officer Candidate School (OCS).
He served in the 2nd Armor Division as well as the 13th Armor Division. He also served with the 101st Infantry Division in Germany. When the war was over, he was retained there as a commissioner of public utilities in Germany until his release in 1946. Bill has told stories where he knew he was watched over and protected because he should have died in a few of the war incidences.
While attending the OCS in Fort Knox, Ky., he met and married Virginia. They were married for 22 years and had five boys, one (David Lee Reeder) was killed in Vietnam. He was married to his second wife, Khloree for 47 years.
Bill managed various retail lumber yards in California. He has lived in Santa Paula, Calif., Newhall, Calif., and Van Nuys, Calif. He retired at age 65 and, for the next three years, he and his wife traveled the United States pulling a fifth wheel. They were looking for the perfect place to retire and settled in Roswell, N.M., where they have lived since 1985.
Bill and Khloree traveled each summer to various locations until he turned 88 in 2005. He enjoyed gardening and fishing and he made the best pecan pie ever! The last pie he made was in 2011. Khloree was blind for the last 10 years of her life, so he helped take care of her until she died in June of 2010.
Bill remained active and lived by himself until he moved into Beehive Homes in January of 2012. Even while there, he remained as active and independent as he could and was still driving his own car until 2013. Bill never broke a bone or had to have a surgery although he had been to the hospital for pneumonia a few times.
Bill lived a life of service and was very kind and considerate to others and he had a great sense of humor. He made lemonade when life gave him lemons. He blessed the lives of many people. He will be greatly missed!
He is survived by Charles Fredrick Reeder, of San Marcus, Texas; John H. Reeder, of Grants Pass, Ore.; William Wayne Reeder, of Santa Paula, Calif.; Samuel Edwards Reeder, of Santa Paula, Calif.; and his step-son Jim Hodson, of Roswell, as well as daughters-in-law, various grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made online at lagronefuneralchapels.com
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.