Edward Reiser passed peacefully to the arms of his Lord on September 20, 2019, (free from the pain and health limitations that he had experienced for the majority of his life) in the presence of his family.
Ed was born August 22, 1937 to Edgar and Freida (Reuther) Reiser. He had many fond memories of living with his parents and grandparents on Velte Road, playing with his Reuther and Reiser cousins and being part of Luther League with Don and Rex Bailey, Dan Fetterman, and Duane Reuther. He was the only boy in the area who had trained sheep that would pull him in a wagon.
Ed graduated from Woodland High School in 1955 as Co-Salutatorian with David Blood, even with missing large chunks of time in the spring and fall to plant and harvest. Farming played a large part in Ed’s childhood with Ed doing the milking before school as a 6-year-old and doing the majority of farming starting in the 6th grade. Principal Harold Stannard would bring Ed’s homework and provide a bit of tutoring every Sunday so that Ed did not fall far behind. Ed loved farming but he also loved school and was able to balance the time needed for work with good times at school going to dances and basketball games.
After graduation, he continued to run the family farm. In 1957 Ed let Carole Goodemoot catch him and they were married November 8th, 1959. Carole’s dad, Frannie Goodemoot loved Ed and was happy to have him join the Goodemoot family. Ed was blessed with 4 children, Kathy, Tom, Marla and Lori who kept him busy with sports, music and church.
While farming Ed had a number of jobs, including delivering mail and driving school bus. He loved driving bus and his students were distraught when he quit driving bus to become a Standard Oil agent. He formed many friendships with the kids on his school bus and always prided himself on having the best-behaved bus (it usually only took one lecture to get everyone to follow his rules). He gave out full size candy bars every Christmas.
Sports played a huge part of Ed’s life. He loved to bowl, golf and perfected his hook shot in basketball. He followed his children in their sporting activities, making sure that he made baseball, softball, volleyball and basketball games. After his children graduated he started following his grandchildren and basically all of the kids that played Lakewood sports, enjoying nothing more than spending an entire Saturday watching Lakewood Volleyball. His business, R & G Oil, sponsored numerous baseball and softball teams as well as going to local fairs to support kids by buying their 4-H and FFA animals.
Music also played a large role in Ed’s life. He loved singing with family, the church choir and with the Lakewood Area Choral Society. He followed his children and grandchildren all over Michigan to support their musical activities whether it was musicals, recitals, marching band or drum lines.
Ed sold R & G Oil to Crystal Flash and continued to drive for them until his retirement in 1999. In retirement he got to enjoy traveling the US and Europe with friends and family, making friends everywhere he went. He also played countless rounds of golf and could remember every stroke of every hole. His love of golf inspired the “Steady Eddy” Golf Outing that even has a traveling trophy. Ed loved games of all sorts, usually because he won them. It didn’t matter if it was a card game, board game or a game of Horse, Ed would win. The grandchildren would fight to see who got Ed on their team.
Ed loved to serve and did so with a joyful heart. He served Central United Methodist in countless capacities and committees, including being Head Usher for over 30 years. He was active with the Lakewood Community Christmas Baskets, Lake Odessa Bowling Association, and Lakewood Choral Society.
Ed is survived by his wife, Carole, and his children Kathy (Tim) Warren; Tom (Shelly) Reiser Marla (Tim) Matthews; and Lori (Shane) McNeill; grandchildren Molly (Rudy) Ruffer (Austin and Parker plus Baby Ruffer); and Libby (Kris) Austin (Baby Austin); Aaron and Charlie Reiser; Jordan, Philip and Evan Matthews; Sam and George McNeill.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Friday, September 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Lakewood United Methodist. Visitation will be Thursday, September 26th at Koops Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Lakewood Community Christmas Baskets or the charity of your choice.
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