VANDALIA, Mich. — Charles Russell Reed, 74, of Vandalia, died peacefully at home of an extended illness early Saturday morning, Feb. 22, surrounded by his family.
Charles was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Pittsburgh to Charles and Florence (Freeby) Reed.
His parents and sister Virginia Noe preceded him in death.
Charles attended Indiana University, leaving to work at Rayette Manufacturing Co. in New Jersey, and then he went to Georgia to become a chief engineer and innovator in custom aerosol packaging. As a leader in his field, he founded Accra-Pac Company in Elkhart.
He later moved to Colorado, where he bought and renovated the historic Doc Holiday’s Tavern in Glenwood Springs. He returned to Elkhart and worked as an engineer and sales consultant for several manufacturing companies.
Chuck will be greatly missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sally Reed of Vandalia; two daughters, Kellie Obermiller and Kim Case; two sons, Chad Reed and Chris Stump; one stepdaughter, Ashley Taylor; two stepsons, Steve Aurand and Chuck Aurand; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cleota Reed and Sherry Barbaro; and one brother-in-law, Nick Noe.
Family and friends will gather at 1 until the 2 p.m. service Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 20943 C.R. 6, at the corner of C.R. 19 in Bristol. Pastor Karen Strietelmeier will officiate.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.