Daniel Birt Reber
- June 8, 2021
Daniel Birt Reber, 64, of Crestline, passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 2, 2021, at Avita Health System-Galion Hospital. Born July 1, 1956, in Mansfield, Ohio, he was the son of the late Clarence and Thelma (Heilman) Reber.
He graduated from Ontario High School and was an Ontario guy through and through. He currently worked at Lowe’s in Ontario since 2014 and had been the manager at Carter Lumber in Ashland from 1974-2013 until their closing. Dan was a car enthusiast, attending as many car shows as he could and owned two prize possessions: a 1956 Chevy Bel-Air 2-door hard top affectionately named “Plum Crazy” and a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. Taking his pride and joys to car shows earned him many trophies over the years. Dan was a huge fan of the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes. Most of all, he adored his grandchildren and enjoyed making memories with them. He had a love of boxer dogs and his babies, Jasmine and Chloe, were constant companions. In his free time, he could be found in his garage, bonding with his son Kyle and many of his car buddies.
Dan is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marla Bechtler Reber; three children, Michelle (Ben) Coffman of Ashland, Kimberly (Chad) McWilliams of Mansfield and Kyle Reber (fiancée, Tara Winters) of Ontario; four grandchildren, Jordan and Abby McWilliams, Kindsey Gregory, and Oaklyn Reber; a sister, Marsha Clark of Galion; a brother, Jeffrey (Kay) Reber of Crestline; a brother-in-law, Terry (Tracy) Bechtler of Mansfield; a sister-in-law, Martha (Laura Gustin) Bechtler of Mansfield; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Rebecca Reber and Robbin Mink; and two brothers-in-law, James Clark and Steve Bechtler.
The family will receive friends from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road. The funeral service conducted by Dr. Richard L. Rader D.Min. will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. with additional visitation beginning at 12:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest in Mansfield Memorial Park. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made in care of the family.