William Gene Reeder, age 66, left us early morning Sunday, April 30, 2017.

He was born to William Carl Reeder and Betty Isa (Melton) Reeder in El Dorado Springs on Jan. 27, 1951.

Bill graduated from El Dorado Springs High School May 1969. He enlisted in the Navy from 1969-1973. Most of this time was spent in Vietnam. After being home for a short time, he enlisted in the Army from 1974-1978 and was stationed at New Ulm, Germany.

The following years were spent driving trucks for various companies and locations in and out of state. While working for Murphy Farms, Bill purchased two semi-trucks and started his own business, Bill Reeder Trucking. He made lifetime friends and always remembered a name and the stories told. He sold the business in 2012.

Bill was a lifetime member of the Veterans Foreign Wars Post 257 in El Dorado Springs and has been the post commander for the past three years. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 0918 in Nevada and a member of the American Legion.

On March 20, 2001, he was united in marriage to Rose Ann (Beck) Owens. He took on the care and support of two parents and two step-sons. He listened to our concerns and offered advice to us all. We could depend on him to remember everything.

Preceding Bill in death were his parents, William and Betty Reeder, and one sister, Bonnie Reeder.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann Reeder; two step-sons, James (Kristin) Owens and Joe Owens; five granddaughters – Hailey, Madison, Ryleigh, Raella and Scarlett Owens; one sister, Brenda (Dan) Stoll; five brothers – Kenny Reeder, Jack (Joan) Reeder, Mike (Debbie) Reeder, Jim Reeder and Richard (Cyndy) Reeder; four sisters-in-law and spouses; one brother-in-law and spouse; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services for Bill Reeder will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 4, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Walter Bruah officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m.Wednesday, May 3, in the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be James Owens, Joe Owens, Kevin Bland, Kasey Bland, Daniel Bland and Roger Floyd. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Reeder, Kenny Reeder, Jim Reeder, Mike Reeder and Richard Reeder.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to VFW Post 257 and left at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.

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