Charles Frederick Reese

December 17, 1948 - December 13, 2021 Kennett Square, PA | Age 72 Loving Uncle and Friend

Charles Fredrick Reese, age 72, born in Lewis, DE, moved early in his life to Kennett Square, PA with his father Harry Eugene, mother Marian, and older brother David. Once established there, the family opened Reeses’ Pharmacy in the borough, later moving to the new store on Union Street across from Kennett High School.

After attending Kennett Schools, Fred was drafted and proudly served his country in the Navy from 1968-1972 during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a signalman on the destroyer John R. Craig (DD 885) and made two deployments to combat zones in the Pacific.

When he left active duty, Fred returned home to Kennett Square to help care for his severely disabled father, Gene, until he passed in 1973. Fred felt that God, his Heavenly Father, had preserved his life during his military service to enable him to help care for his father, and later, his mother. Fred enrolled at West Chester State College and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology.

Fred worked faithfully for many years at the Elwyn Institute in Media, PA in student support and in the technology department. Continuing to be led by the Lord and as a result of a medical condition of his own, Fred retired and focused his time and energy on caring for his aging mother until she passed in the summer of 2014.

Like many veterans, Fred was a patriot and cared deeply about America, freedom, and justice. He supported organizations and causes that promoted independence and liberty. Throughout his life, Fred acknowledged his need of a Savior and put his hope and trust in the triune God. He regularly read the Bible and prayed and knew that “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

Fred was predeceased by his parents, and by his brother, David, who passed in February of 2014 as well as a multitude of grandparents, aunts, and uncles from the large Fogg and Reese families. Fred is survived by his two nieces, Heather Uster and Heidi Reese, and by many cousins, including his life-long best friend, fellow sports-fan, and old-movies-enthusiast, Tom Clayton.

“He shall swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 25:8

You may visit with his family and friends from 10:30 to 11:00 on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, 415 State Street (Garfield & State Sts.), Kennett Square, PA. His Memorial service will follow at 11:00. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to one of the following in memory of Fred:
The Kennett Education Foundation
National Rifle Association 1-877-NRA-GIVE

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA

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Memorial Donations

The Kennett Education Foundation or to the National Rifle Association 1-877-NRA-GIVE



December 30, 2021 10:30-11:00 First Baptist Church of Kennett Square
415 State Street (Garfield & State Sts.),
Kennett Square, PA.

Memorial Service

December 30, 2021 11:00 First Baptist Church of Kennett Square
415 State Street (Garfield & State Sts.),
Kennett Square, PA.


His Burial will be private


  1. Fred was a true friend and classmate at Kennett High School, class of 1966. RIP
    my friend with the Lord.
    Tom & Marlene Brown

    Tom Brown | January 2, 2022 at 5:51 PM
  2. I was saddened to receive word about Fred’s homegoing today. Fred was a special friend in High School and BYF. He was the best man in my wedding. Although we lost touch over the years as I served the Lord in the Midwest of the country, Fred always had a special place in my heart and life. I appreciate hearing his testimony of love for our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ so I can look forward to seeing him again in His Presence. May our Lord give His blessing to all the family and friends.
    Rev. George R. Miller

    Rev. George Miller | January 1, 2022 at 3:25 PM
  3. Whenever we would visit my grandparents Bud and Nina Fogg, I would head down the lane to see our beloved (great-)Aunt Marian and Cousin Fred (as well as dear Great-grandmother Fogg). They were always so welcoming, their house full of joy and laughter. Fred and Marian took such keen interest in what we were up to and made us kids feel special and loved. Fred lived a life of duty and service to others, answering the call for his country and again for his family and for those he helped at Elwyn. He was a gentle, kind, and good man—a role model whose memory I will cherish always.

    Wayt Gibbs VI | December 30, 2021 at 2:37 PM
  4. Fred was a gentle soul and had a light, soothing laugh that I enjoyed. He was so faithful to his parents in their time of need and cared deeply about family, which in the lineage of Fogg cousins was a total of 19, plus Fred and David.. Get togethers at Christmas and on Grandma Fogg’s birthday was always a joy. Then this past August, Fred, his niece, Heather, and four other cousins had lunch together and we saw a decline in Fred. When leaving after the noon meal, Fred said to me, “cousins for every”, which I found so endearing. God bless you Fred.

    Ruth Eastburn | December 29, 2021 at 2:45 PM
  5. What privilege to have known Fred. I knew him through his gun hobby and I had a chance to fire many of his “special” guns! He was very generous and many others were also able to enjoy his collection. I count him as a friend and I will miss him.
    Dan Jerchau

    Dan | December 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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