Walter William Reed was called home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the age of 91. He was born March 12, 1921, to William and Zilpah (McCutcheon) Reed in Mount Dennis, Ontario, Canada, where he grew to adulthood. Walter served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Petty Officer during World War II.
On August 4, 1948, Walter married Gwendolyn Thompson, and in 1960, they immigrated to the U.S., settling in southern California. After Gwen’s death from cancer in 1976, he courted and married widow Geraldine E. (Mast) Gottshall on June 28, 1980. Walter served as an elder and deacon with several churches. He enjoyed teaching Sunday School, traveling, fishing, golf and playing pool with his Senior Center buddies. Most of all, he enjoyed sharing his love of the Lord. Walter’s family was always a loving priority. He enjoyed family get-togethers and attending his grandchildren’s sports activities. Walter was a friend of Ted Onyon for more than 50 years.
Walter is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Geraldine; his children Virginia Buchanan of Toronto, Ontario, Violet (Eugene) Bruner and John of southern California; stepchildren Donna Lee (Henry) Staub of Yuma, AZ and Bonnie (Edward) Onyon of Blaine, WA; 4 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 12 step great-grandchildren; and 5 step great-great-grandchildren; brother Fred and sisters Winifred, Janet, and Vera. He was preceded in death by the wife of his youth, Gwendolyn, and his oldest daughter Susan and her husband Ted Shreffler.
All of Walter’s family extends their heartfelt thanks to Stafholt Good Samaritan Center in Blaine, for the loving care of Walter during his final days with us. Internment of his ashes will take place in California and in Whatcom County. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Northwood Alliance Church, 580 C Street, Blaine, with Pastor Charles Gibson officiating. Memorials are suggested be sent to Stafholt, 456 C St, Blaine, WA 98230. You are invited to share your memories and condolences online at www.jernsfuneralchapel.net.