William Reid Obituary

William Rosen Reid
William Rosen Reid

August 31, 1927 - May 30, 2008
Born in Dallas, TX
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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William Rosen "Uncle Bill" Reid, 80, formerly of New York, passed from this life on Friday, May 30, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. According to Uncle Bill's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service honoring his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, at Iles Funeral Homes – Westover Chapel in Des Moines. The family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service time on Tuesday. Private committal services will take place in New York, at a later date.
Uncle Bill was born the son of Bill and Peg Reid on August 31, 1927 in Dallas, TX. Uncle Bill was a 1949 graduate of Drake University earning his bachelor's degree in Music Education. Uncle Bill had lived in New York for 40 years, before moving to Des Moines 13 years ago. In addition to being a gifted musician, he was formerly employed with Mineral Magazine and Mobil Oil as a bookkeeper. Uncle Bill was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild; the Des Moines Playhouse and the Screen Actors Guild. He loved art, music, theatre and New York. He was a loving, caring and dedicated uncle to his neice, two nephews and their families.
He is survived by his two nephews, Steven (Melinda) Van Langen of Des Moines and Craig (Kimberly) Van Langen of Urbandale; one niece, Jo Lynn (Matt) Yeutsy of Urbandale; and his brother-in-law, Lyle Van Langen of Urbandale. Uncle Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Peggy Van Langen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Des Moines Playhouse.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Memorial Service
Westover Funeral Home
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
10:00 AM


Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50312