August 28, 2004
Lewiston, NY. 9/1/2004 14:00:00
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 9/3/2004 14:30:00
Robert L. Reed of Youngstown, New York passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at the age of 84. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 61 years, Garland (Kieffer) Reed, who is currently a resident of Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Vera and Albert Reed, his brother Albert Jr., and his parents-in-law, Alice and Clinton Kieffer, all of Willard, OH. Bob and Garland grew up together in Willard, where they were married after Bob earned his B.S. degree in Ceramic and Metallurgical Engineering in 1942 from Ohio State University in Columbus. The couple moved to Chicago, where Bob served as a chief process metallurgist at the U.S. Steel Corp. plant. He became an associate engineer at the University of Chicago during the years of WWII and worked on the development of uranium for the Manhattan Project. For this effort he was awarded a citation from the then Secretary of the Department of War. He joined Union Carbide Corp. in 1946 and spent the next 30 years in the ferroalloys industry, first as a sales engineer and then advancing through a series of managerial positions to manager-special projects in New York City. During these years the family lived in Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Darien, CT. In 1976 Bob assumed the position of vice president-marketing for the Niagara Falls, NY based Airco Inc. Alloys Division, which later became part of SKW Alloys. Bob continued his work as a consultant until his retirement in 1987, after which he served as president of the Niagara Falls Country Club in 1988 and again in 1989. Bob and Garland also enjoyed playing golf and for a number of years were able to spend time with friends on courses in Florida and the Carolinas.
Bob and Garland raised two sons, Michael L. and spouse, Elizabeth Reed of Glastonbury, CT; and Steven L. Reed of Rochester Hills, MI. As avid Ohio State University football fans for all of their adult lives, the Reeds passed along this OSU “allegiance” to Mike and Steve. In addition to his devoted wife and sons, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Doris (Costantino) Goudreau of FL, and a number of nieces and nephew and their families. Bob will be missed greatly by those who knew him professionally as well as by many neighbors and friends.
Calling hours were held from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, September 1, at the Rhoney Funeral Home in Lewiston, NY and will be from noon to 2:30 PM on Friday, September 3, at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Kent Wilson of the First Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Willard. Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida Street, Lewiston, NY 14092 or to Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.