Posted by Rick Taylor on Jan 08, 2018
Longtime Canton Rotarian Reich L. Watterson Jr. MD passed away on January 6, 2018. Reich was a 52 year member of the Canton Rotary Club as well as a Paul Harris Fellow. Below is the obituary for Dr. Watterson:
Age 95, of North Canton, passed away Saturday evening. Dr. Watterson was born in Canton to the late Reich L. and Irene (Padgett) Watterson, Sr. He was a graduate of Canton McKinley High School, served in the United States Army during WWII and received his medical degree at Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland. He served his pediatric residency at what is now Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. Dr. Watterson joined the Mercy Medical Staff in 1958. He has been a member of the Mercy Honorary Medical Staff since 1992. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Mercy Medical Staff and as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Mercy Medical Center during his career. Dr. Watterson was past President and member of Stark County Medical Society. He was inducted into the Society of St. Luke, Mercy Medical Center's Physician Honor Society. Dr. Watterson also served on the board of the Canton Cemetery Association, past President and member of the Canton City Health Department for 17 years. He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church, Canton Masonic Lodge #60 F & AM, Brookside Country Club, Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, Canton McKinley Booster Club, Retired Executives and Professional Men's Club and Canton Rotary Club.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Watterson was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty in 1981 and his second wife, Virginia in 2011. He is survived by his children, Reich L. (Catherine Fiore) Watterson, III of Lexington, Massachusetts, Scott (Kathleen) Watterson of Canton, Craig (Catherine) Watterson of Westerville, Ohio, Joan Diehl of Bakersfield, Calif., and Gail (Terry) Moore of North Canton; grandchildren, Michael Watterson, Amelia Watterson, Ann (Jason) Davis, Brian (Alexandra Hays) Watterson, Russell Watterson, Christina Watterson, Matthew Watterson, Jonathan Diehl, Elizabeth Diehl, Erin (Timothy) Shea, Abigail (Brian) Allerding, Christopher Moore; great grandchildren, Kelly, Cameron, Peyton, Grady, Charlotte and Betty; brother, Terry (Sue) Watterson; niece, Patricia (John) Roberson; step-children, Robert (Nita) Bernhardt, Douglas (Sandy) Bernhardt and William (Mary) Bernhardt.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Christ Presbyterian Church with Rev. David deVries officiating. A private interment will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home 4817 Cleveland Ave. N.W. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Camp Wakonda Campership Fund 530 Tuscarawas St. W., Canton, Ohio 44702. Please sign the guest book at: