CHESTER HILL — Major Christopher E. Reed, PAARNG (retired), 47, of Chester Hill, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College.

Chris was born on July 19, 1971, a son of Bonnie (Kowalcyk) Reed, who preceded him in death; and Robert E. Reed, Sr., who survives of Houtzdale.

He was a 1989 graduate of the Moshannon Valley High School. Following high school, he attended and graduated in 1994 from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. He would further his education a little later on in life, when he earned his MBA in Global Leadership from Delaware Valley College in 2011.

In 1994, Chris began his working career with the state Department of Corrections and held various positions, the most recent being Corrections Activities Manager 2, at SCI Houtzdale, up until his retirement in August 2018.

Chris also had a concurrent military career with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. His military service began in 1988 while he was still in high school. He was part of the ROTC program when he was at Lock Haven and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1994. Chris spent his entire military career assigned to the 2-112th Infantry Battalion. Chris served as a logistics officer during his deployment to Kosovo for Operation Enduring Freedom; a training officer during his deployment in response to Hurricane Katrina; and as an executive officer during his deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Throughout his military service, he was awarded numerous decorations including a Bronze Star Medal. He retired from military service in 2014 with the rank of Major after 26 years of service.

Chris was married on Sept. 13, 1995, in Phenix City, Ala., to the former Lizette “Liz” Gibson, of State College, who survives at home.

He is also survived by a daughter, Leslie M. Hosterman, and her husband, Nathan, of Lewisburg; one son, Ryan D. Wilson, and his wife, Rene, of Apex, N.C.; five grandchildren; one brother, Robert E. Reed, Jr., and his wife, Jill; three nephews; and one niece.

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Chris attended gFree Methodist Church, Gearhartville, rural Philipsburg. He was also a member of the Houtzdale American Legion, Freeberg Post No. 591, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 5020 and Osceola Lodge No. 515; F. & A. M., both of Osceola Mills; and a member and past officer of the B.P.O. Elks #1173, Philipsburg.

The funeral service will be on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 121 S. Front St., Philipsburg, with Pastor Noel Myers, officiating.

Visitation will be at the church on Monday, Sept. 24, from 2-4 and 6- 8 p.m.

Interment will be in the American Legion Cemetery, Brisbin. Military Honors will be accorded by past and current members of the 2-112th Infantry Battalion.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Chris to either the gFree Methodist Church, 344 Blue Spruce Road Philipsburg, PA 16866; or to the 2-112th Stryker Battalion, with donations mailed and payable to: Paxton Mess Association, P.O. Box 589, Lewistown, PA 17044.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 E. Spruce St., Philipsburg.

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