Benjamin A. “Ben” Reed

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. – Benjamin A. “Ben” Reed, 74, of Tallowtree Drive, Zephyrhills, passed away Friday (June 5, 2014) in Gulfside Hospice Center in Zephyrhills.

He was born Dec. 7, 1939, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of the late Frank and Evelyn Burkhart Reed.

Ben had worked for CR Animal Farm, and was a foster parent to 38 children.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Zephyrhills, Fla.

He is survived by his life partner, Arthur Chapman; two sisters: Iva Fischer of Olsmar. Fla., and Eleanor Holbrook of Rochester, N.Y.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents and siblings; Frank Reed Jr. and Betty Sischo.

Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. Fun-eral services will follow at 1 p.m., with John Congdon officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home in Randolph. To leave a condolence, log on to www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com. Memorials to a charity of choice.