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Ernest Nelson Reed

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MANCHESTER -- Ernest Nelson Reed, 79, of Manchester, died Sunday evening, Nov. 25, 2007, at his home. He was born the son of Ernest S. Reed and Etta M. Smith on Sept. 1, 1928, in the same home in which he passed. He received his education in the Manchester area, graduating from Burr and Burton in 1946.

He worked at various jobs in the immediate area including, in earlier years, pumping gas, dish washing, caddy and lawn care for Dellwood Cemetery. He started work for Mack Molding Company in Arlington in 1946 and retired there in 1985. He continued to work at Dorr Oil from 1985 until his passing.

He entered the Army in 1957 and was enlisted until 1959. He was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, and Erlengen, Germany, where he helped guard the Iron Curtain.

Ernest was a hard worker and a “Jack of all trades.” He was a devoted son, father and grandfather. He was a loyal friend and had many. He loved to tell jokes and stories and anyone around him was always at ease and felt like they had known him forever.

He loved the outdoors, including hunting, brook fishing, rabbit hunting, working in the yard, working on his wood pile or just going for a walk. He loved reading Western novels. He loved watching Western movies and was a huge fan of John Wayne. He also loved watching sports including baseball, basketball and football. He loved playing horseshoes, doing jigsaw puzzles, singing and dancing.

He will be sadly missed by his very dear friend Gerry, his “partner in crime,” whom he always went out with for coffee, tag saleing or just for rides.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Ruth Reed, of Sunderland; three daughters, Teri Wilcher, Lucinda LeBlanc and Rose Springer; one stepson, Truman Eaton and two step-daughters; Wendy Stowe and Leora Mattison. He has 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Numerous cousins also survive Ernest.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Brewster Funeral Home 34 Park Place Manchester. The Masons will be delivering a service at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Brewster Funeral Home. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow in Factory Point Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial gifts may be made in memory to either of Ernest’s favorite charity organizations, The American Heart Association or the National Federation for the Blind in care of Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2007
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