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Peter L. Reeder Peter L. Reeder
Peter L. Reeder Peter L. Reeder

Peter L. Reeder

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmaus High School graduate

Peter L. (Pete) Reeder, 78, of Nassau Bay, Texas, died suddenly June 8, 2019, while vacationing in Maine. He was the husband of Judy Reeder. They were married for 49 years. Born “Baby Boy Reeder” in Washington, D.C., on May 3, 1941, his late parents, Sherwood Lewis Reeder, of Williamsport and Jesse Hartman Schantz, of Macungie, later named him Peter Linn Reeder because he had been born on his Uncle Linn’s (Schantz) birthday.

He graduated from Emmaus High School in 1959, this October reunion would have been his 60th, and from Salem College, Salem, W. Va. in 1968 following an enlistment in the U.S. Army where he served as an Army Security Specialist in Baumholder, Germany. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human relations and was hired as a Scouting professional by Monmouth Council (N.J.) Boy Scouts of America.

Registered with the BSA for 70 years, he became a Cub Scout at age 8. He earned his Eagle rank in 1956 and proudly promoted Scouting wherever he had the opportunity. In 2014 he was presented with the Silver Beaver award for outstanding service to Scouting as a volunteer.

He retired from working as a professional with the Boy Scouts of America in 2008, having held positions in Monmouth Council (N.J.), Green Mountain Council (Vt.) and Mount Baker Council (Wash.).

He was a member of Rotary International in which he was past president of Blackwood (N.J.) and Snohomish (Wash.) clubs, Lake Stevens (Wash.) American Legion Post and taught Sunday school.

He volunteered for several mission experiences through his church, in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and in Texas following Hurricane Ike. Most recently he was his church’s Scouting coordinator in Houston, Texas, where he and his wife had relocated to live near family.

Contributions may be made to the James E. West Fellowship Foundation in his memory, in care of the Monmouth Council Boy Scouts of America and to the Emmaus Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Brian (Heather), of League City, Texas and Dr. Jay (Shannon), of Centre Hall; five grandchildren: Madison, Jacob, Ava, Joshua and Lucy; brother, Douglas (Cynthia), of Chanhassen, Minn.; many nieces, nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Barbara Vandersall, of Indianapolis, Ind. and Margaret Berger, of Poinciana, Fla.

Memorial services will be held in Texas and in Washington state in August.