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Richard J. Reed

November 25, 2018

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Richard J. Reed

November 25, 2018


Richard J. Reed, 72, of Hanover Township, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at home after a lengthy illness, surround by his loving family.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Howard J. and Mary T. Gaughan Reed.  Richard attended St. Leo’s High School and was a 1965 graduate of Ashley High School.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam War.


He was employed as a sheet metal workers project manager for 50 years, having worked for Ace Sheet Metal, Bonland Industries and Independent Sheet Metal of New Jersey, retiring in 2006.


Richard was a member of St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church in Ashley.  He was a past member of the Wyoming Valley Country Club.  He was also a handy craftsman.  Most of all he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle, who will be sadly missed by his family.


He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Reed and his wife, Gladys and by his brother-in-law, Ted Uzdilla.


Richard is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Mary Kay Hatten Reed and by his children, Michael Reed and his wife, Margie, Doylestown and Melissa Elko and her husband, Chuck, Cumming, GA; grandchildren, Jenna, Kayla and Emily Elko and Bennett and Ireland Reed; sisters, Jane Ann Uzdilla, Hanover Twp. and Margie Sweeney and her husband, Joe, Silver Spring, MD; brother-in-law, John Hatten, Ashley, sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and Allen Powell Ashley, Nancy and Fred Balester, Hanover Twp. and Michelle and Dan Cronauer,  Mountain Top; and by several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9:30 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 am in St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan Street.


Friends may call on Friday from 5-8 pm at the funeral home.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Richard’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.