William “Bill” Edward Reber, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Halifax
Health Hospice Center in Port Orange, Florida.
Bill is preceded in death by his mother and father Pauline Dorothy (Barber) Coon & Floyd
Lawrence Coon of Gillet, PA; father James Anson Reber, Sr. of Elmira, NY; brother James A.
Reber, Jr. of Reno, NV; sister Marie Reber; mother-in-law Ruth (McKnight) Robbins & father-in-law
Leland Wayne Robbins of Big Pond, PA; sister-in-law Sharon (Nichols) Robbins of Troy, PA;
niece Kathy (Robbins) Appel of Vero Beach, FL and favorite fur-babies Tinker, Snoopy and
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Janice Robbins Reber of Port Orange, FL; daughter Cyndi
Ritchey (Bud) of Ponce Inlet, FL; son Mike Reber (Tenaya) of Tallahassee, FL; and grandchildren
Dylan, Parker, Grace, Aubrey, Luke & Reagan. He is also survived by sister-in-law Phyllis
(Robbins) May and brother-in-law Alvin “Butch” May of Belleview, FL; brother-in-law Richard
Robbins of Troy, PA; nieces and nephews Ilene, Jeff, Lisa, Steve, Brian, Kenny & April
Bill was born May 28, 1942 at the Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, New York. He spent several
of his adolescent years in the San Fransisco, CA area with his father and brother. He returned
to live with his mother & stepfather in Bentley Creek, PA until his graduation from SRU Joint
High School in East Smithfield, PA in 1962. Bill pursued his sweetheart until she agreed to
marry him and they were wed by her grandfather, Rev. Wallace McKnight, at the Big Pond
Methodist Church on May 15, 1965.
Bill moved his young family to Florida in the mid 1970’s where he honed his sales skills and
realized his dream of becoming a successful business owner. Bill was a Board Certified
Hearing Instrument Specialist and owner of several Central Florida Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid
Center offices (Orlando, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Orange City, Ocala, Gainesville & Crystal
River). He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, former member of the Orange Lodge #36
F & AM in Apopka, FL. He was also a past member of the Corvette Cruisers of Greater
Daytona and the Corvette Club of Marion County.
“Scooter” Bill’s physical limitations rarely hindered his love & life of adventure. His friends and
family treasure memories which include race cars, demolition derbies, fast boats, waterskiing,
poker trips, and Corvettes. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law,
uncle and friend. He never met a stranger and enjoyed long “walks” around his community
chatting with neighbors and handing out treats to his furry friends.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
A Celebration of Life honoring Bill will be held for Florida friends & neighbors on Saturday May 29th beginning at 1pm in the Cypress Head Homeowners Clubhouse located at 6251 Palm Vista, Port Orange, FL. Another celebration service will be held at a future date for friends & family in the New York/Pennsylvania area.
As an expression of sympathy, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be directed to
Halifax Health – Hospice, Fund Development
3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129