John A. Reger, 81, of Belington, previously of Trumbauersville, Pa., passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease.
He was born March 20, 1932 in Spencer, the son of Albert W. Reger and Olive Bernier.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Gertrude "Trudy" Reger; one brother, Robert and wife, Marian, of Belington; one sister, Barbara Francisca, and husband, Dave, of Colorado.
He was the father of eight children, Mary Kuntz (Chris) of Lima, Ohio, John Reger (Stacey) of Perkasie, Pa., Elizabeth Allen (William) of Allentown, Pa., Theresa Berthel (Michael) of Zionsville, Pa., Julia Ferris (John) of Upper Black Eddy, Pa., Jennifer Reger of Hellertown, Pa., Joseph Reger (Karin) of East Greenville, Pa., Rebecca Arahill (Joseph) of East Greenville, Pa.; and a son- in-law, Richard Eberhardt of Center Valley, Pa.
He was the grandfather of 17, great-grandfather of eight and uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Considered a "Renaissance man" by those who knew and loved him, John was an early pioneer in computer technology.
He was employed by Unisys for 32 years as a computer engineer before retiring in 1992. John was also a Korean War Army Veteran, where he served in a battalion field hospital and M.A.S.H. Unit. He earned the rank of First Lieutenant. Known and respected for his intellect, imagination, and originality, he had numerous passions in life, music being prominent. He had a great love of all the brass instruments; he began playing tuba in junior high school.
He was especially proud of his final band "The Belington Brass Band." In addition, he was also a private pilot, avid reader, lover of opera, automobiles, motorcycles and international travel.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth's R.C. Church, VFW, NRA and secretary of the Belington Kiwanis. He will be missed by all who loved him.
Family and friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home, 56 N. Brandenburg Street, Belington, WV on Wednesday, March 5, from 5-9 p.m. with a vigil prayer service at 8:30 p.m. conducted by Father Jim O'Connor.
And again on Thursday, March 6, from 8-11 a.m., when Mr. Reger will be moved to St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Philippi, where a funeral mass to celebrate the life of John Reger will be held at noon. Internment will follow at Fraternal Cemetery in Belington where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion by Post No. 96 Belington.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the VFW Laurel Mountain Post 410 of Belington, and the American Kidney Fund.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.