HOWLAND - Walter Reed, 98, passed away early in the morning of Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.
He was born Oct. 10, 1914, in Carnegie, Pa.
A 1933 graduate of Weir High School in Weirton, W.Va., he moved to Warren in 1934 and was employed by Republic Steel from 1934 until his retirement in 1976. Along with his wife of 68 years, Lois Botroff Reed, he ran the Reed Sewing Center until 2002.
They graduated from high school at the height of the Depression, lived through the Little Steel Strike of 1937, and built a house on Estabrook in 1940. When Walter was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II, his wife closed up the house, drove a trailer to Texas and stayed with him throughout the war.
Reed and his family traveled widely back in the 1950s and '60s, when they pulled a trailer to 48 states, most of Mexico and every province of Canada except Newfoundland. After the children were grown, Lois and Walter continued to travel to China, the Holy Land, the British Isles, Central America and many other places. Recently, his vacation photos have been featured in several books, exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum and the National Building Museum, and in many magazines, advertisements and web pages.
He and his wife were active members of Central Christian Church for nearly 80 years. He served as a trustee, deacon, elder and other positions. At the time of his death, he was both the oldest member and the longest-serving member of the church.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Richard and Jan Trachtman of New York City; his son and daughter-in-law, Leon Reed and Lois Lembo of Falls Church, Va; grandchildren, Sam and Melissa Reed of London, England, Steve and Casey Reed of Norfolk, Va., and Casey Reed of Glen Cove, N.Y.; a great-granddaughter, Alice; and nieces, Donna Bostardi of Sharon, Pa., JoAnn Knights of Akron, Carla Spencer of Warren and Carol Thomas of Stow.
His wife of 68 years, Lois Botroff Reed, preceded him in death in 2006. His brother, Donald Reed, also of Warren, died in 1968.
Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. James Schimmel officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44483.