JUNE 17, 1936-JUNE 20, 2011
William Charles Reecher, 75, of Smithsburg, Md., passed away Monday, June 20, 2011, at his home surrounded by his wife and family after losing his courageous battle of 13 years to cancer.
He was born June 17, 1936, in Ringgold, Md., to the late Elenora (McKenrick) Reecher and George Edwin Reecher.
Bill attended elementary school in Ringgold, graduated in 1954 from Smithsburg High School and attended Hagerstown Junior College.
He was employed by the A&P Tea Co. from 1952 until he retired as district supervisor in 1990. He covered territories in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. He then worked for Chaimson Brokerage in Baltimore, retiring in 1993. He was co-owner with his wife of Linden Hall Stables and Marketing Solutions Now Inc., a brochure-distribution company.
Bill enjoyed traveling and took many cruises. Some of his trip highlights were attending the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl game, a Daytona 500 race in Florida, trips to Alaska, Hawaii and his favorite — the Canadian Rockies.
He was a member of Jacobs United Church of Christ in Fairfield, Pa.
Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia (Guild) Reecher; two daughters, Kim (Reecher) Cushwa and husband, David, of Hagerstown and Karen (Reecher) Gist and husband, Harold, of Smithsburg; two sons, David A. Reecher and wife, Cheryl, of Arnold, Md., and Jon Eric Reecher and wife, Christina, of Boca Grande, Fla.; grandchildren, William Tyler and Elizabeth Morgan Gist of Smithsburg, Landon Paul and Carley Minah Reecher of Arnold, and Grant Upton and Ava Katherine Reecher of Boca Grande.
Bill is also survived by two sisters, Iolene Coss of Hagerstown and Peggy Oller of Ringgold.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Darris Reecher and Lois Malott.
He leaves behind his faithful pals, Higgins and Molly.
Bill’s love for animals, watching and feeding them gave him much satisfaction. He will be remembered as a hard worker, loyal friend, endearing husband and father, and a very special Poppa.
His memorial service will take place Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 11 a.m. at J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, with Pastor Richard Daughtridge officiating.
Family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Washington County Hospice and Washington County Humane Society.