Plattsburg, NY- A funeral service for 91-year old Willard Burton Bill Reed, formerly of Potsdam, will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10 am the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam with Msgr. John Murphy officiating. A spring burial will be in St. Marys Cemetery in Potsdam. Friends may call at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
If friends desire memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice and Palliative Care, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Mr. Reed died February 11, 2014 at the Clinton County Nursing Home in Plattsburgh, NY.
Survivors include a daughter, Debra Perrault of Rousses Point, NY, a son, Timothy of Morrisonville, NY, five granddaughters, and 12 great grandchildren. Willard is also survived by five brothers: Lawrence, Morris Jack, Frank, Lewis, and Richard, and four sisters: Mary, Effie, Bertha, and Cora, and several nephews and nieces. Willard was predeceased by his wife Keitha, a son Thomas Reed, two brothers, Hazen and Charles Reed and two sisters, Ruth and Esther.
Willard was born in Gouverneur, NY on May 16, 1922 the son of Jay W. and Verne Eva (Brayton) Reed. He served in the Army Medical Corps during WW II. On July 10, 1948 he married Keitha Willmart in St. Andrews Church in Norwood, NY.
Willard was employed for 36 years as the Village of Potsdam engine operator for the Potsdam Fire Dept. He was a CSEA negotiator for 16 years, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2309 in Norwood at St. Andrews Church, where he had been a member. Willard was also a member of Post 74 American Legion in Potsdam.
Arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.