William Luther Reed

1957 - 2019

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William Reed, 62, of Findlay passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 5:37am at Bridge Hospice in Findlay. He was born on September 18, 1957 in Findlay, Ohio to William and Jean (Mains) Thackery and, at 8 years of age was adopted by James Reed. They all preceded him in death, as did a sister, Marilyn Snyder. He is survived by daughters: Carrie (Allen) Harber of Vanlue, and Misty (Travis Reichert) Webster of Ft. Wayne; 3 sisters; 8 grandchildren: Chaiselynn, Chance, Chandler, Jadyn, Ashlynn, Jaxzen, Zxavier, and Brielle; 1 great-granddaughter, Liahna; girlfriend, Barbara Galbraith of Findlay; and his best friend, Bill Shilling of Findlay. He served in the United States Air Force and retired from Whirlpool Corporation after 25 years. He drove for Lyft Taxi Service and was like a salmon, always going against the flow and making waves. He was a Michigan and Pittsburgh Steeler fan. He loved golf, old time rock and roll, guns, NASCAR, snow skiing, camping, and 68 Chargers, and was a certified scuba diver. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The arrangements are being handled by COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. Memorials may be given to either Cancer Patient Services or Bridge Hospice. Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.


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To : Family
Date :Friday, December 27th 2019
From : Tom
I knew Bill from his days as a worker at Riverside softball diamond. I was the announcer as a teenager I knew Bill and he was always high energy and fun to be around.



To : Bill's Family
Date :Friday, December 27th 2019
From : Bob Dockery
I knew Bill when he lived next door to me on S. Blanchard St. He was a great guy and neighbor. He used his skills to replace my garage roof and a siding repair to my home. He was always there for me and my late wife when needed. I enjoyed spirited conversations with him which never became angry or loud even though we had opposite views. I was sad when he moved and am sad that he his gone now. He will be missed.



To : Family of Bill Reed
Date :Friday, December 27th 2019
From : Jeff Fetla
I knew Bill from the Air Force. We were stationed together at Castle A.F.B. Ca. He was truly a good guy, good mechanic and good soldier. I am proud to be his friend. Rest in peace Brother.



To : The family of Bill Reed
Date :Friday, December 27th 2019
From : Dan Clyde
I knew Bill from our time spent together in the Air Force. Bill was a great friend, fellow soldier and mechanic. We spent many hours together working on our beloved F-106 aircraft. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest easy Bill, you will be missed.



To : Family of Bill
Date :Friday, December 27th 2019
From : Nancy Schiltz
I have known Bill since Jr high and we reconnected and became very close a few years ago. He was always a reason to come back home to visit and am blessed he came to see me this summer. I will forever cherish our time together and he will forever have a piece of my heart. I feel like I now have another Angel watching over me, besides my son. Rest in Paradise my beloved William. I miss you.



To : Family
Date :Friday, December 27th 2019
From : Bryan Clark
So sorry to see that Bill has passed.I have known him for close to 40 years .Always a smile when we would bump into each other. I last seen him at the Ben Rothlisberger benefit softball game and like always a smile and friendly greeting RIP Bill and as a Steeler brother I will keep cheering them on in your memory



To : Misty Reed
Date :Saturday, December 28th 2019
From : Mireya Schoo
Dear Misty,
I wish I knew his health situation before.
This was a big loss for all of us who loved him.
My sincere condolences for you and your family.
He will be missed.

Mireya Schoo & Jorge Vales



To : Barb Galbraith and The Reed Family
Date :Sunday, December 29th 2019
From : Paula Chapin
Barb and family
Even though I didn’t know Bill a long time ,he made me feel I’ve known him forever his smile and kindness will truly be be missed!

Paula aka (movie buddy)



To : Misty weber
Date :Monday, December 30th 2019
From : Joyce Businger
Just want to say I had known Bill along time as a co-worker at whirlpool,as a friend and lover for five years after my husband passed away and grew to know him in a stronger way. He had a way about him to show his love and kindness. I enjoyed the good times I spent with him. Loved you dearly my beloved friend.



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