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Paul Alan Reeder

April 24, 2019

Reverend Paul Alan Reeder passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Paul was preceded in death by his mother Mae Belle (Meyer) Reeder, father Harold Reeder, sister Ellen Reeder, and brother Wayne Reeder. He is survived by his wife Fumiko (Tanaka) Reeder, two daughters Joy Mentzel and Sara Whitacre, grandchildren Robert Mentzel, Julian Mentzel, and Hannah Whitacre, brother Charles Reeder, sister-in-law Jane Reeder, niece Amy Reeder, and nephews Alan and David Reeder. 

Reeder was born on July 20, 1945 in Gary, Indiana to Harold and Mae Belle Reeder. He was raised on his parents’ dairy farm in Crown Point, Indiana and attended Crown Point High School. He attended Indiana University (Bloomington), and then served in the Air Force for four years in Libya, Spain, and Dayton, Ohio. After an honorable discharge, Paul attended Toccoa Falls College, where he met Fumiko (Tanaka). After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Missiology, Magna Cum Laude, Paul and Fumiko married and moved to Kobe, Japan, where they were missionaries. Upon moving back to the United States, Paul attended Grace Seminary, where he received his Master’s in Divinity and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Reeder was a pastor at Bell Center Bible Church in Burnettsville, Indiana (‘93-’99); Corinth Brethren Church in Twelve Mile, Indiana (‘99-’03); and Oakville Brethren Church in Oakville, Indiana (‘03-’13).

Upon his retirement, Paul and Fumiko moved to Maryland to be closer to family. Paul took classes at the University of Maryland College Park, where he excelled in Latin, Greek and Roman culture courses. Paul volunteered as a hospice chaplain and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Memorial Service

Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:00 AM
Rendina Funeral Home

5100 Cleveland Street, Gary, IN 46408  VIEW MAP

T 219-980-1141
F 219-980-1142

Burial Calumet Park Cemetery