History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

James A. Reed Funeral Home was started around 1880 by a furniture and cabinet maker, William H. Bowman, his home is still part of the funeral home today (house on the right). Mr. Bowman ran the funeral home until his death, when his grandson Marlin S. Reed took over.

It was in 1968 when the corner house was purchased and the two houses connected.

In 1969, ownership of the funeral home transferred to Marlin's son, James "Jack" Reed after Marlin's death in that same year. 

An expanded chapel area was added to the rear of the building in 1991, adding seating for 45, increasing the total seating to 100. This remains the current layout of our funeral home today.

In 2009 Jack's son, William, entered into the business full time. In January 2011 after 50 plus years of service, Jack has finally retired, somewhat. William has now become the 4th generation of family to own and operate the funeral home.


Our Mission 

We feel it is our responsibility to serve each family with compassion, dignity, and respect throughout the grieving process. We believe that each family is a unique opportunity to serve; and that each funeral should be a reflection of that family. Through this belief, we strive to give each family the funeral service that is best suited to their needs and desires. Whether that need is pre-need, at-need, day, or night, it is with pride that we serve our families and the community.

Our Valued Staff

William A. Reed

William A. Reed, Funeral Director & Owner

Bill, the forth generation, has been running the Funeral Home since 2011. After many years of working part time at the funeral home he graduated from Northampton Community Collage Funeral Service Program with honors in 2009. Bill also has his PA Insurance License to sell pre-need funeral plans.

Bill is a member of the National and PA Funeral Directors Association, a Church Council Member at Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz, and a Gratz Fair Board member.


James A. Reed

James A. Reed, Former Owner & Funeral Diretor

Licensed since the 1950's, Jack is still apart of the Funeral Home, just not as involved in the day to day operations; however, you'll still find him working at most of the services.

Jack is a former President of the Dauphin County Funeral Directors Association, a member of the National and PA Funeral Director Association, Good Shepard EC Church, Gratz, Gideon's International, and a member of the Gratz Fair Board.


Eleanor Reed

Eleanor Reed, Book Attendant

Jack's wife of over 50 years. You'll find her at the door of most every funeral. She is also a member of the Good Shepard EC Church and the Gideon's International.