Dean Reeder

BUTLER: Dean Reeder was content. He was someone who loved his family and more importantly loved his Lord. Even with all of his physical infirmities, Dean always had a smile on his face and a kind uplifting word for everyone. Now standing beside his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Dean E. Reeder, 81, passed away Sunday July 5, 2015 in Country Meadow Care Center following an extended illness.

The son of Cyrus and Josephine (Worley) Reeder, Dean was born in Butler June 11, 1934. Dean was raised on his family’s farm in Butler. Quite the athlete, he played football for Butler’s State Championship football team. Dean graduated from Butler High School in 1952.

From 1954-1958 he served in the Army and was honorably discharged. Upon his discharge, Dean lived in Butler and worked for his family’s lumber company, J.A. Reeder and Son Lumber Company. After many decades, Dean retired in 1986. Dean also enjoyed teaching at the Knox County Career Center.

He was a member of the former Mt. Sinai United Methodist Church in Butler. Dean served in the Butler Lions Club, volunteered for the Worthington Township Fire Department, and was instrumental in forming Butler’s annual celebration, Butler Old Fashioned Days.

Dean enjoyed hunting, and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes. A NASCAR fan, Dean followed drivers such as A.J. Foyt and Dale Earnhardt. Each year he’d attend the Indianapolis 500.

Dean is survived by his wife Mary “Molly” Reeder of Butler; son Jeff Reeder of Loudonville, daughter Brenda (Chris) Sheets of Ooltewah, TN; stepdaughter Marianne Oswalt of Butler stepson’s Robert Beaver of Butler and Bill (Suhair) Beaver of Granville; six grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; one great granddaughter and one step great granddaughter; sister Dorothy (Tom) Jewett of Medina and brother Don (Pat) Reeder of Butler; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate. Following the funeral service, military honors will be performed by the Bellville American Legion Post #535. Burial will be in Bunkerhill Cemtery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Worthington Township/Butler Rescue Squad may be made through the funeral home.

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