April 11, 1938 - April 1, 2017
Wellington, Ohio | Age 78
Charles E. Reed, 78, of Wellington, passed away peacefully at his home following a lengthy illness on Saturday, April 1, 2017. He was born to Grant and Flora (nee Stump) Reed on April 11, 1938 in Lorain, OH. He spent most of his childhood in Lorain County with the exception of a couple of his younger years in West Virginia.
Charles, or Gene as his family called him, proudly served in the United States Navy as a Machinists Mate during the Korean War. After returning from the military, he met and married Mildred A. Ebeling in 1959. They moved to Oberlin where he lived until March, when he moved in with his daughter and son-in-law in Wellington. He attended Oberlin Schools and Oberlin Business College. He retired as a machinist at General Plug in Grafton. Charles was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Grafton, where he held many callings with his favorite being a Sunday school teacher and a Boy Scout Leader.
Mr. Reed is survived by his daughters Rene' Wendling (Daniel) of Wellington, Robin Reed (Kim Whaley) of Elyria; sister Janet Sawdey (Harry) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; grandchildren, the joy in his heart, Brandy Saganes (partner Vince) of Vermilion, Keith Wendling (Jacquie) of North Ridgeville, Michael Trainer of Elyria, Belinda Trainer of Lorain, Crystal Thomas of Elyria, Jason Gunter of Elyria, and Iain Saganes of Vermilion; he was tickled with his great-grandchildren Paige, Kiley, Nevaeh, J'Leah, Camren, Ayden, Xavier, and Sandra; sister-in-law Susan Reed; best friend and constant companion Suzanne Seybold; many nieces and nephews he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred; parents Grant and Flora; younger brother David Reed; closest cousin James Stump.
A private graveside funeral was held with only family and close friends in attendance. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 6 from 2-6pm at the First Community Church of God, 3334 Wilson Street, Lorain, OH. Come dressed comfortable, this is a celebration, not a wake. Arrangements were entrusted to Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Elyria. www.buschcares.com