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Frederick E. Reel

Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Frederick Ernest Reel, 85, of Hagerstown, MD went home to be with His Lord on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from injuries sustained on December 24, 2019, from a car accident.

Born March 10, 1934, in Big Pool, MD, he was the son of the late Russell E. and Laura Michael Reel. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Russell E. Reel, Jr. and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Russell  and Caroline Cullison; and brother-in-law, Anthony Walchshauser and nephew Brad Beagle.

He was a graduate of Hagerstown High School, class of 1952. He served in the U.S. Army during the Occupation of Germany. Frederick was a life-time member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where he served on the Usher's Guild, Lay Reader, and member of the Men's Choir. He also attended his wife's church, Hagerstown Bible Church. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of service. He was also employed part-time for 10 years with Smith, Elliott, Kerns, and Co. 

He was a member and Past Master of Hagerstown Lodge #217, A.F. & A.M.; Right Worshipful Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of MD, A.F & A.M.; Deputy Grand Lecturer for over 30 years, and was in charge of the ritualistic work of the Western Region. He was an Honorary Member of James W. Bowers Lodge # 173 in Hancock, MD; 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Red Cross of Constantine; York Rite Commandery; Ali Ghan Shrine of Cumberland.

He was awarded the "Thomas J. Shyrock Award" for meritorious service to the Grand Lodge of Maryland, which is the "Highest Honor that can be bestowed upon a Mason by the Grand Lodge of Maryland".

He was Past Patron of Hagerstown Chapter 89, Order of the Eastern Star, for 40 years serving as Worthy Patron nine times. He was Past Grand Warder of the Grand Chapter of Maryland, Order of the Eastern Star, from 2009 to 2010.

He was also a member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge # 378, North American Rod & Gun Club and Funkstown American Legion Post 211.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Carolyn Walchshauser Reel and loving feline companion, Samantha Baby-Girl; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Carol Walchshauser, Michael and Donna Walchshauser, Sharon Guidice all of Hagerstown, and Clem and Anne Walchshauser of Plainfield, Il; and a step brother-in-law and wife, Richard and Sherry Cullison of Hagerstown, MD and former brother-in-law, Larry Guidice of Hagerstown, MD. He was also survived by one aunt, Shirley Myers of Clear Spring, MD, numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and cousins who were like immediate family to him.

Services will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD with the Rev. Hoda Zavandro and Rev. Dale Carver officiating. 

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Eastern Star Service will be held at 6:30 PM with a Masonic Service to follow immediately after.

Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church 141 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or  Hagerstown Bible Church 203 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

Praying for God to comfort you.

Thelma and Charles Price
Sparta, Tn

Carol, you and Fred have been our OES friends for years. Always enjoyed being with both of you. I can feel your pain and loss as I have been there. Stay strong! May Fred Rest in Peace My deepfelt sympathy to you and your families.!

Cynthia (Cindy) Sink
Pasadena, MD

I will miss you Uncle Fred. You were always so kind. I always marveled at your way with dogs. Your warm smile and big hugs were the best. Aunt Carolyn, I love you and I’m so sorry for your loss. May God be near you as you say “till we meet again”. Hugs from Illinois.

Nicci Hejnar
Plainfield, IL

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Fred. I had the pleasure of ushering with him at St. John's. I always enjoyed our conversations. He was so full of life. I will miss him.

Beth Sayles
Hagerstown, MD

Our deepest condolences to Carolyn and the rest of the family & close friends on their loss. Fred was a very nice person and we will greatly miss him. May THE LORD grant you comfort & peace at this time and the hope of seeing him again.

Robert & Sandra
Hagerstown, MD

I am very sorry for your loss Caroline. You are in my prayers

Cynthia mader
Waynesboro , Pa

Frederick E. Reel was a true hero of America's forgotten victory- the Korean War. Though not a member of Antietam Chapter 312 Korean War Veterans Association, nevertheless we condole with you on your loss. Charles L. Mobley, Jr. Past Commander Antietam 312

Charles Mobley
Hagerstown, MARYLAND

Fred was a long-time friend and I will miss him. He and I knew each other for many years. We were both long time members of the Scottish Rite and the Red Cross of Constatine as well as other Masonic organizations. Rest in peace, Brother Fred.

Thomas M Velvin
Florence, Oregon

I regret reading the obit of a long friend, may God bless his soul with extended sorrow to his wife, Carolyn. Fred and I became friends while attending St. John's, and remained friends.

Ron Norford
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Carolyn - our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Fred has a special place in our hearts. We loved him and we love you. You blessed and filled his life with so much happiness and love.

Bessie and Darwin Decker
East Berlin , PA

Carolyn, what a wonderful husband you had for 43 years. He was always a gentleman and a pleasure to be in his company. We appreciate and honor all the time and efforts he gave to the Masons over the years. We will be out of town this weekend and will be thinking about you.

Phil and Sharon Groves
Hagerstown , Md

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