Lance Corporal Christian Michael Reed, 26, formerly of Taylor, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7: 19 PM in San Diego, California, due to natural causes.
Born in Scranton, on May 20, 1994, he was the son of Kelly Reed Odzana, Scranton and Michael A. Mancini, Peckville. Christian attended Riverside High School, where he loved playing football for the Vikings and excelled on the track team, with the 400-meter relay and pole-vaulting running track at Valley View High School. He graduated from Agora Cyber School in June 2013. In February of 2018 he graduated basic training at Paris Island and was then assigned to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters, San Diego, California. Christian was a member of the NE Detachment Marine Corps League, Scranton. Throughout his life, he was a fan of the Denver Broncos’ and the Penn State Nittany Lions and was a car buff.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by, his step father, Jim Odzana; a brother, Jimmy Odzana, both of Taylor; a sister, Taylor Odzana, Nanticoke; grandparents, Jim and Donna Casella, Scranton and Lorraine Odzana, Taylor; a niece, who was the apple of Christian’s eye, Karmyn Odzana; his godmother, Christie Tucker Hiller and multiple Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
He was preceded in death by grandfather Jim Odzana, grandmother Shirley Mancini, and Aunt Brenda Testa.
Family and friends are invited to process in a motorcade to honor Christian’s life Monday, June 8, 2020 starting precisely at 10 AM and commencing promptly at 2PM at the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor. Please be advised that no one will be allowed out of their cars due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
A private funeral will be officiated by a military chaplain from the U.S. Marines. Interment will take place in Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Cemetery, Davis St. Scranton, where full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Marines. At a later date to be announced, a ceremony, reception, and celebration of Christian’s life will be held when restrictions are lifted at the NE Detachment Marine Corps League, Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, a charity Christian held dear to his heart.
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