William Howard Reeder, age 99, of the Berlin Community (Buckhannon Run Road), died August 25, 2017.
His wife of sixty-six years, Hazel Lowther Reeder preceded him in death, on August 23, 2007. He was born in Lewis County on March 17, 1918, son of Albert Jerome and Brenice McKinney Reeder.
Surviving are one son, Randall (Margaret) Reeder, of Columbus, Ohio; and one daughter, Helen Jones of Harrisville. He is survived by four grandchildren: Dr. Mark (Susan) Reeder of Tipp City, Ohio, Marcia (Don) George of Independence, Ohio, Matthew (Teri) Jones of Parkersburg, Jonathan (Brittany) Jones of Cincinnati, Ohio, and two step-grandsons, Richard (Lori) Jones of Parkersburg and Duane (Melissa) Jones of Harrisville. Eight great-granddaughters survive: Kennedy, Katie, and Emily Reeder; Josette, Sophie, and Sabrina George; and Whitney Jones and Emma Jones. Three great-grandsons survive: Nathaniel and David Jones; and Kristofer Jones.
Mr. Reeder was a life-long Methodist and a member of the church on Buckhannon Run. He served as church school superintendent and held numerous other offices in Methodist church work. He retired from Lewis County Schools in 1980, with his last position being at Weston Central Elementary. His career spanned forty-five years as a teacher, principal, and substitute. Early in his career he taught for five years in Upshur County.
Mr. Reeder graduated from Weston High School in 1935. He attended Glenville State College for two years, then went to West Virginia Wesleyan and graduated in 1940. He received a M.A. in educational administration from West Virginia University in 1961. In post-graduate work this was expanded to include a Masters plus forty-five.
He was a life member of the West Virginian Wesleyan Emeritus Club, the WVU Alumni Association, and the Glenville State College Alumni Association. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, National Education Honorary. He was a member and past president of the Lewis County Former Teachers, member of the Retired School Employees, both local and state levels, and was active in other civic and community affairs. After retiring from education, he remained active in farming and was a member of the Lewis County Farm Bureau.
He was a charter member and past president of the East Lewis Lions club. On a district level, he served as Zone Chairman and Region Chairman. He received several high honors in Lions, including the Leonard Jarrett award for continued support of the West Virginia Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. He coordinated a record number of Lions Quest Educational Workshops in cooperation with WVU and Marshall. For this, he was awarded the third highest honor in Lions International.
In 2010, he became a member of the West Virginia Voter Hall of Fame for having voted in every election for more than fifty years. He also supported and voted for every Lewis County school levy. His interest in education, volunteer service and church continued to the end.
Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston, on Monday, August 28, 2017, from 12-3 p.m. Funeral services were held on Monday, at 3 p.m., at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Roger McKee officiating. Interment followed services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery. Online condolences and life stories in memory of Howard may be expressed at hardman-palettifuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Lewis Lions Club, 1209 Smith Run Road Weston, WV 26452, or to the church or charity of your choice.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of William Howard Reeder.