Elmer W. Reed

August 01, 1939 ‒ February 04, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Elmer W. Reed, 80, of Mount Vernon passed away on Tuesday evening, February 4, 2020 at Knox Community Hospital.  He was born on August 1, 1939 in Mount Vernon to the late Charles and Evelyn (Kindred) Reed.

Elmer coached little league baseball for a number of years and always loved his Cleveland Indians. Being Ohio grown, he also loved the Browns and the Buckeyes. After retiring from construction he got a job at the Bell store where he enjoyed seeing and talking to so many people. He loved to garden, and even grew some vegetables at the nursing home last summer. He enjoyed sharing his tomatoes with the other residents there.

Elmer is survived by his daughters, Lisa (David) Sarty of Port Clinton and Julie (Doug) Adams of Hilliard; grandchildren, Hannah Sarty, Devin Adams and Drey Adams; sisters, Lynn (Robert) Bryant of Mansfield and Christi Diehl of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Elmer was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Reed;   step father, Charles Diehl; sister, Sue Spayde; and brothers, Richard and Tom Diehl.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Amatos, 668 North Sandusky St, Mount Vernon.  A private burial will take place in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Elmer W. Reed.


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  • I am so sorry to read of Elmer’s passing. So many fond memories during the course of my childhood and my time in Fredericktown laughing with Elmer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Learning of Elmer’s death is very sad . . . seeing him was always a happy event. We first moved to Fredericktown in the early 60s, and Elmer was one of the first people who welcomed us to the area. More recently, it was always a treat to see him at Bell Stores, and he will definitely be missed. I send my condolences to his children and their families.

  • Our deepest sympathy to Elmer’s family and friends. Have known you all for years and we always looked forward to seeing Elmer at Bell’s in later years. He was a perfect addition to the Bell’s team and made it fun to visit the store. He will be missed by many. We share in your loss. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • My deepest sympathy to Elmer’s family. Elmer was a great person he could always put a smile on your face no matter if you wanted to smile or not. I have so many great memories and will cherish them forever. I am grateful to have had Elmer as my friend and as he would say my adopted Step Father. You will be missed. Fly High Elmer.
    Your adopted Step daughter
    Rebecca (Becky) Smith

  • Ed and I were so sorry to hear of Elmer’s passing.
    He was a great neighbor and always had a smile. Matt
    spent many hours at the ballpark with Elmer showing him how to pitch. He will be missed.

  • He was always so much fun to be around. I missed him when he left Bell Stores, and I will always miss his humor and jokes. He was special. Hugs

  • Julie, I will be thinking of you tomorrow as you are celebrating the life of your father with a gathering that he would have loved. So many memories are bound up in the lives of our friends from the 50’s and 60’s. We all enjoyed each other in that slower, simpler time. You’ve been a good daughter – RIP, Elmer. Love, Sally Tanner