Ralph E. Reeder, 81

FEB. 20, 1931-MAY 20, 2012

May 22, 2012
  • Reeder

Ralph Eugene Reeder, 81, of Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Born Feb. 20, 1931, in Keedysville, Md., he was the son of the late Ralph William and Mabel Mary (Poffenberger) Reeder.

Ralph was a 1948 graduate of Boonsboro High School.

He served in theU.S. Navyfrom 1950 to 1953, and was stationed aboard the USS Princeton as a radar operator.

Ralph retired in 1992 from the Chesapeake and Potomac (Verizon) Telephone Co. after 38 years.

He was a lifetime member of the McClellan Gun Club in Keedysville, where he served as president from 1979 to 2005, and was a lifetime member of the Communications Workers of America Retired Members Council.

He was a member of Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro for 45 years, AMVETS Post 10 in Hagerstown, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 948 in Charles Town, W.Va., Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 694 in Hagerstown, and was a former member and president of the Rohrersville Ruritan Club, where he ran the carnival for many, many years.


Ralph was a member of Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Locust Grove in Rohrersville.

Ralph loved hunting, fishing, bowling, gardening and raising animals as well as watching birds. He recently loved spending time sitting by his fish pond. Most of all, throughout his life, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Betty J. (Hamby) Reeder; two daughters, Donna K. Anders and husband, Mike, of Boonsboro, and Cindy A. Zang and husband, Chuck, of Keedysville; two sisters, Deloris A. Smith and husband, Wilfred, and Lois Y. Webber, all of Boonsboro; one brother-in-law, Frank Hamby and wife, Jeanette, of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou and Barbara Reeder, both of Boonsboro; five grandsons, Michael II, Josh, Chuck, Cort and Colton; four great-grandchildren, Cierra, Daeva, Etta and Michael III; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald W. Reeder and Gail L. Reeder; and his brother-in-law, Edgar Webber.

A funeral ceremony will be Friday, May 25, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Revs. Blaine E. Feightner and Richard G. Hembrock will officiate. Final resting-place ceremonies will follow at Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery at Locust Grove, with military honors to be provided by Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 of Boonsboro.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 55, Rohrersville, MD 21779.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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