Leon Baxter REED, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 in his home.
Born April 12, 1936, in Ridgway, he was the son of Lester and Iola Alice Baxter Noragon. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Devere and Josie Newton Baxter until age 9, when he went to live with his mother and Henry Reed, who adopted him.
On September 13, 1956, in Akron, NY, he married the former Betty McGuire, who predeceased him on April 27, 1997.
On December 27, 1997, in Falconer, NY, he married the former Shirley Kay Brownell, who survives.
A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1959 – 1961. A graduate of Coudersport High School, he was employed as a millwright and electrical engineer by Blackstone Corp./Valeo for over 40 years.
Leon was an active member of Levant Wesleyan Church in Falconer, where served as a board member and CYC leader, Falconer Kiwanas, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Scoutmaster for Troop #123 in Falconer, Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport, and served as President of the Potter County Historical Society for several years.
Surviving besides his wife, Kay, are: a son, Leon B. (Kimberly) Reed, Jr. of Jamestown, NY; a grandson, Leon B. Reed, III of Jamestown; four step-children, Debra (Joseph) Borer of Friendship, NY, David (Mary) Szczudlik, Jr. of Alden, NY, Michael (Daisey) Szczudlik of Ellenville, NY, Dennis Szczudlik of Alden, NY; three step-grandchildren, Elizabeth (Metta) Crouse, Megan Szczudlik, and Shirley Szczudlik; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Elaine Setzer.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the North Eulalia Baptist Church, Coudersport, PA. The Rev. Michael C. Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in Reed Cemetery, Borie, PA.
Memorials may be made to the Potter County Historical Society, P.O. Box 605, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Levant Wesleyan Church, 1670 Lindquist Dr., Falconer, NY 14733.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.