obit: Farrel Gene Reeder - wife Pechacek
Farrel Gene Reeder, 77, died Tuesday at a local care home. Burial will take place at 11:30 AM on Thursday in Elmwood Memorial Park with a memorial service following at 1:30 PM at the First Central Presbyterian Church with Dr. Clifford Stewart officiating.
The family will be at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday for visitation.
Farrel Gene Reeder was born December 22, 1926 in Lorraine, Texas to Curtis and Cary Mahon Reeder. His family moved to Ft. Worth and then later to Weatherford where he attended school and graduated from Weatherford High School in 1944.
He served in the U.S. Navy with the rank of Yeoman, touring in the Philippine Islands at the end of WWII. Farrel was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946. He attended Texas Tech University, graduating in 1950. Upon graduation, Farrel went to work with Western Cottonoil Co. in Abilene. On July 19, 1952, he married Marian Pechacek of Abilene. In 1963, he began Reeder's Automotive Supply, Inc. with one location and then eventually opened four other locations in Abilene. Farrel opened Abilene Color and Supply, an automotive specialty store, in 1969 and then founded Abilene Automotive Jobbers Warehouse, Inc. in 1975.
Farrel was involved in many Abilene church and civic activities. He has been a member of First Central Presbyterian Church since 1952, where he served as a Deacon and Elder and was Chairman of the Building Committee for the present Sanctuary as well as a Choir member for many years. He served as a Director of the Abilene Rotary Club, was a Paul Harris Fellow and President of Rotary in 1986. He served on the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Board and was a member of the Military Affairs Committee. He was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1990 and served on the Board of Directors with both the Better Business Bureau and Abilene Junior Achievement. He served as President and was on the Board of Directors of the Automotive Wholesalers of Texas, served on the National Board of Directors with the Automotive Service Industry of America and was a member of the Society and Preservation of Barbershop Singing in America for 48 years. He served as chorus Director and sang with several quartets. He loved to entertain and share his singing with others. He loved the sport of tennis, playing for years in various Abilene leagues.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Diane Keeble and her husband Bill of Abilene; two sons, Andy Reeder and his wife, Jody of Abilene; Brent Reeder and his wife, Deborah of Pflugerville, Texas; six grandchildren - Kristen Keeble, Kimberly Keeble, Trent Reeder, Angie Tyler, Matthew Reeder and Kara Reeder; two brothers, Keith Reeder and wife Sue Kay of Arlington, Tx., Vance Reeder of Weatherford, Tx., sister-in-laws Juanita Reeder of Abilene and Barbara Noller of Dallas, as well as many nieces, nephews, business associates and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers Carl Reeder, Clifford Reeder and Glynn Reeder.
Memorials can be sent to: Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Hospice of the Big Country, First Central Presbyterian Church or your favorite charity.
Abilene Reporter-News - (Apr/1/2004)