Joseph E. Reed

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Joseph E. Reed, 76, of Pillow, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at The Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg.

He was born on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1937, in Harrisburg, a son of the late Marlin S. Reed, Sr. and Iva A. Troutman Reed.

He was a 1955 graduate of the former Hubley Twp. High School and attended Susquehanna University.

He was a member of St. Peter's "Hoffman's" United Church of Christ, Lykens Twp.

Joe installed carpet for area residents for over fifty years. He had worked at the former Muskin Shoe Company, Millersburg, and had retired from the former Brubaker Tool Corporation, Millersburg.

He was president of the Pillow Borough Council for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Pillow Fire Company.

Joe called bingo at the Gratz Auction, the Crossroads Auction, and the Lewisburg Auction for many years.

He enjoyed auto racing, camping, and fishing. Joe was a season ticket holder at Selinsgrove Speedway for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy W. Reed; a grandson, Spencer Witmer; a brother, William Reed; and two sisters, Betty Headdings and Polly Bonawitz.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley E. Ferree Reed, to whom he was married for 52 years.

He is also survived by a daughter, Peggy Jo Witmer and her husband Randy of Millersburg; a son, Anthony J. Reed and his wife Christine of Halifax; four granddaughters, Ashley Shoop of Land O. Lakes, FL, Shelby Witmer of Millersburg, Samantha Witmer of Millersburg, and Rylee Reed of Halifax; a grandson, Reece Witmer of Millersburg; two brothers, James "Jack" Reed, Sr. of Gratz, and Marlin "Budd" Reed, Jr. of Myerstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's "Hoffman's" United Church of Christ, 1289 S. Crossroads Road, Lykens, on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Jeffrey A. Wagner officiating. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be made in Union Cemetery, Pillow.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1289 S. Crossroads Rd., Lykens PA 17048 or the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

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