Mrs. Roberta Joan Reeder, Galesburg Chapel

Reeder, Roberta 79, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at her home.
She was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Plymouth to Chester and Wanda (Meredith) Beckerdite.
After graduating from Augusta High School in 1951, she attended St. Francis School of Nursing in Macomb and became a registered nurse in 1954.
She married Donald Gene Reeder Aug. 31, 1954, in Rushville.
She worked as a nurse in Macomb and Champaign while her husband was completing his undergraduate studies and attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Later she was integrally involved in both her husband’s veterinary practice and their farming operation. She delighted in her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband; her brother, Chester Kay (Carol) Beckerdite of Colchester; her daughter, Mary (Michael) Panther of Galesburg; her son, Scott (Joan) Reeder of Spaulding; seven grandchildren, Megan (Herman) Wang, Reed (Deanne) Panther, Ellen Reeder, Devin Reeder, Grace Reeder, Anna Reeder and Caitlin Roberta Reeder.
She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Reeder; her parents; and a sister, Barbara Hamilton.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Galesburg. She helped lead church mission trips to Honduras and Costa Rica.
In addition to attending the activities of her grandchildren, she enjoyed traveling with her husband to the Soviet Union, Poland, China, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Cuba. She was one of the original Reading Buddies at Nielson School, where she served students for many years.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Galesburg. Mary Runge will officiate. Friends may call 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Brooklyn Cemetery in Schuyler County. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Illinois Cancer Care Foundation or the Galesburg Public Library New Building Fund. Online condolences may be made at

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14 Guestbook Entries to “Mrs. Roberta Joan Reeder, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. Roberta was a wonderfully kind and gentle person. It was my real pleasure to know her from our days in veterinary school when Don did barbering in their PGU home in Champaign. I always enjoyed her calm and pleasant conversation whenever we met. Our sincere condolences to Don and to all of her family.
    Ken and Joyce Altera

  2. Sorry to read the news about your family losing Roberta, wife, mother, grandmother. Our sincere wishes for all of the family.

  3. What an amazing Lady. Always had a kind word and smile to go along with it. Roberta will be sadly missed, big hug to the Reeder family. In our thoughts and prayers. Cheri & Bruce

  4. I am so saddened by the death of Roberta. She was one of the sweetest women I’ve known. My prayers for all of you. I know she will be missed so much.

  5. To Don and Family,

    Roberta was a kind and gracious lady, she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Sincerely, Randy Cline

  6. Don and Family – So sorry to hear of Roberta’s passing – our thoughts and prayers are with you and all who knew Roberta. She was a kind and loving person.

  7. Sorry for your loss, Scott, and family.

  8. Doc,
    So sorry. Brigit has fond memories of Roberta at the church. Enjoyed reading she was so involved with the vet practice and the farm. We should take a drive sometime…that is when the roads dry out and the crops finally come up… Hollis family

  9. Don and family; I just met your wife this spring at Bruce Foote’s in Monmouth. You and your family have my greatest sympathy. Wendell Horney

  10. Scott – I’m sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I still remember her from church (30-40) years ago. She was great lady. You have my deepest sympathy.

  11. Don and Family: So very sorry to hear of Roberta’s passing. She was a lovely, gracious lady who made a difference in the world. We will always remember her warm smile and gentle presence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Kathy Spillner and Beth Thompson

  12. Sorry to hear of your loss. Our positive thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    Michelle (Bassett) Knaack

  13. So sorry for the loss of Roberta. She is truly one of the kindest, honest, compassionate and caring persons I have ever known. Loved her dearly. Truly our loss. Blessings to Don and the family.

  14. Dear Don and family– I’m sorry I didn’t hear of Roberta’s passing until today (6/11). She was a very dear lady and I know she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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