A Mass of Christian Burial for William W. Reese, 69, who worked for 44 years at J.W. Clement Co. and its successor, Arcata Graphics, will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in Holy Family Catholic Church, 1885 South Park Ave.
Prayers will be said at 8:30 in Nightengale Funeral Home, 1884 South Park Ave. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.
Reese died Wednesday (March 22, 1995) in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Buffalo, Reese was a graduate of South Park High School. At age 16, he began sailing the Great Lakes as a deckhand on iron ore boats.
He served in the Navy during World War II as a fuse setter aboard Battleship X, later named the USS South Dakota. Wounded in the line of duty, he was awarded a Purple Heart.
Active with Local 17-B of the Graphics Communications International Union, he served as union president, vice president, sergeant-at-arms and chief steward.
He also was a member of Downtown Post 64, American Legion; the Holy Name Society and the Evergreens at Holy Family Church; the Fourteen Holy Helpers Seniors; and the National Rifle Association.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Clara Moran Reese; a son, William F. of Derby; two daughters, Clare Everett of Clarence Center and Kathryn Garlock; a brother, Ronald; two sisters, June Everett of West Seneca and Geraldine Beck of Angola; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.