Carroll Chester Reid
May 16, 1921 ~ July 12, 2013
Carroll Chester Reid, age 92, passed away on July 12, 2013, in Port Angeles, WA. As he had wished, his life came to an end within the security of his own home, and encircled by the love of his wife and three sons. He will be missed deeply by the many people who knew him throughout his life. Carroll was a fundamentally compassionate man, who readily embraced the human purpose of service to others. He was dedicated to taking care of his family, helping his neighbors, assisting customers at his workplace, and serving his country. Mr. Reid was born on May 16, 1921, in Gettysburg, PA, to Robert and Annie Reid. The family traveled westward in 1923, in a motorhome his father built on a Model-T truck chassis. They settled in Eastern Washington’s Douglas County, living first on Badger Mountain and later in Waterville. Carroll worked with his father at the family machine shop and also hauled freight for the area’s farms. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served throughout the Pacific on the destroyer U.S.S. Phelps as a Fire Controller First Class. On July 17, 1944, while on leave, he was married in Wenatchee to Elnor Zanol of Orondo, WA, his wife of almost 69 years. After his discharge from the Navy in September of 1945, they settled in Orondo, where they raised a family of three sons: Gary, born first in 1945, Terry in 1949, and Bill in 1953. In 1962, the family moved to a new home they had constructed in East Wenatchee. From 1945 to 1979, he worked in Wenatchee as warehouse foreman for Pybus Steel Co., which supplied materials for many of the Columbia River Dams. He spent seven additional years at Van Doren Sales, a maker of fruit-packing machinery, until his retirement in 1986. He was an active member of the Grange for 75 years in the Waterville, Orondo, East Wenatchee and Sequim Prairie chapters. In retirement, he enjoyed his lifelong hobby of gardening, making things from wood and metal in his well-stocked workshop, and taking fishing and trailer-camping trips throughout the state. He and his wife relocated to Port Angeles in 1998, where they formed a new circle of friends from the neighborhood and enjoyed their morning walks.
He was preceded in death by four of his sisters: Verna, Doris, Helen and Kay; and most recently, by his brother, Ralph. He is survived by his sister, Fay; his wife, Elnor; sons, Gary of Olympia, Terry of Lake Tapps, and Bill of Port Townsend; along with four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
There will be a Family Memorial Service held in Wenatchee at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Pybus Public Market. Burial Services will take place afterward at the Orondo Cemetery. Those who wish, may make donations to the Pybus Market Charitable Foundation.