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George William Reader

George William Reader died at 9:10 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2003 while residing at Epworth Manor in Tyrone.
He was born in Tyrone on March 22, 1915, attended Tyrone High School and later attended a barber and beauty school, and then worked with his father as a barber in Reader’s Barber Shop, then in downtown Tyrone.
He, as with many brave American men, was called to war to defend his country during World War II. He had a very distinguished military service as a corporal in the 190th Field Artillery Group of the First U.S. Army, later to be assigned to the Third U.S. Army. He landed at Omaha Beach on June 8, 1944 to participate in the third day of battle of the still intensive fight for possession of Normandy. As a jeep messenger, he carried messages between the Field Headquarters Group and the 190th Artillery Group.
As the was progressed, George’s Corps earned the very unique distinctions during their movement from Normandy to their final destination in Czechoslovakia, of being the first on the beaches, the first to fire, the first in Paris, the first in Germany, the first to cross the Rhine, the first through the Siegfried Line, the first to contact the Russians, and the last to fire on May 7, 1945…and George, with the personal distinction of wearing out four different jeeps during the campaign to transverse mine fields, enemy positions, and enemy gun fire.
He received military decorations for 190th Field Artillery Group Service, Pre Pearl Harbor Service, a Good Conduct Medal, an American Defense Ribbon, a World War II Victory Ribbon, and a Ribbon for the European Theater of Operations with an Arrowhead and five Battle Stars. But sadly, he also received 100 percent disability as a result of his unselfish sacrifice for his country’s freedom. His family and his friends will always grant George that very special and beloved distinction in their hearts and minds as being a “True American Hero.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, George McClellan Reader and Rose M. Reader (nee Mentzer); his brother, Robert; and his sisters, Shirley Ricciotti and Marie Kingston.
He is survived by his niece, Connie M. Sartoio of Naples, Fla. and Norwalk, Conn.; and two nephews, Robert Schetrompf of Lynchburg, Va. and Walter Schetrompf of Cary, N.C.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Derman Funeral Home, Inc., Tyrone. Interment and flag presentation will be at Eastlawn Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday from 7-9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Epworth Manor, 951 Washington Ave., Tyrone, Pa, 16686.