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William W. Reed Jr.

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William W. Reed, Jr.

AGE: 86 • Forked River

William (Bill) W. Reed Jr. - July 28, 2017 of Forked River NJ, formerly Wilmington, DE and Delaware County, PA.

Born in April 1931, Bill was a wonderful father, grandfather, and genuine friend to many. He graduated John Bartram High School in Philadelphia and later earned an Associates Degree in Engineering from Delaware Technical College. In the Navy Reserves, he served a tour on the Escort Aircraft Carrier Kula Gulf during the Korean War. He began his career at Atlantic Refining Co and retired from Hercules Inc. as an Engineering Specialist. Bill married Marilyn Miller of Bridgeton, NJ in 1951 and enjoyed raising their family together until her death in 1983. He is survived by his children William Reed (wife Leslie) of Kalamazoo, MI, Susan Reed of Chapel Hill, NC, Joanne Forster (husband Christian) of Bridgewater, NJ, and Jennifer Reed of Wilmington, DE. Bill has 7 grandchildren (Lindsay, Tina, Alyssa, Owen, Will, Noah, Nicholas) and great-grandson Henson. Bill thoroughly enjoyed a long retirement at his home on Barnegat Bay, NJ, boating, fishing, and entertaining friends and family. He spent 28 winters at Ocean Isles in Marathon, FL, making many cherished friends. He took up scuba diving, toured around the globe, and enjoyed family birthdays, graduations, adoption, weddings, and cook-outs. His family will miss his storytelling, generous spirit and fun-loving ways.

Bill was interred at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, August 20 at 1:00 PM at Village Lutheran Church, 701 Western Blvd. Lanoka Harbor, NJ.

Donations may be made to the Lacey Township First Aid Squad, PO Box 289, Forked River, NJ 08731. Arrangements are under the direction of Riggs Funeral Home, Forked River.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 13, 2017
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