God welcomed Home another soldier from the "greatest generation" - Charles L. Reep, 95, of Butler died at Meadow Lake Manor on Thursday.
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He was born on Aug. 31, 1918, the second of 11 children to the late Myrtle and Cecil Reep in Karns City.
Chuck "Jack" was a 1938 graduate of FTKC, Karns City High School. He was employed by Sonneborn Refinery (Witco) in Petrolia.
He was drafted, pre-World War II, on March 17, 1941, and proudly served his country for 57 months.
On Oct. 17, 1942, he and Margaret Roxbury were married at a United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach before his anti-aircraft gun battalion deployed to North Africa and the Mediterranean area. T/SGT. C.L. Reep was discharged Nov. 9, 1945.
He returned to work at Sonneborn and retired after 41 years of service.
Chuck was "going green" before it was the popular thing to do. He replanted maple trees brought in from the strip mine, hemlock from his camp at Clear Creek and planted hosta from State College to the Ohio line. Perhaps you have some of his plantings in your yard. It was a very sad day when Chuck could no longer mow his own grass.
Chuck and Margaret took to heart Jesus' last earthly command, Matthew 28: "Go ye there forth and teach all nations." They faithfully attended and supported two churches, the Fairview United Methodist and Butler's First United Methodist, also two overseas missions and three local ministries.
Survivors are two sons, John (Norma) Reep of Butler and Curt (Patti) Reep of Kittanning; one daughter, Kathy (Mark) Ivory of Maryland; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Jean Clark, Bertha Mae McKinney, Wanda Daugherty and Shirley Barnhart; one special nephew, Tom Clark; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret; two brothers; four sisters; and one grandson, Joseph A. Reep.
Chuck was thankful for the gift of a long and good life. Praise God, through Jesus, life can be eternal - embrace it! Joey will be happy to see his Grandpa.
REEP - A celebration of life for Charles L. Reep, who died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St., Butler.
Interment will be at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Amedisys Hospice, 240 Pullman Square, Suite 255, Butler, PA 16001.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Young Funeral Home, Butler.
For more information, visit www.youngfuneralhomes.com.
Young Funeral Home
127 West Jefferson St Butler, PA 16001
Published in Butler Eagle on Aug. 16, 2014