Donald Edwin Reed "Don"



Donald Edwin Reed “Don”

December 19, 1929 — September 19, 2019

Donald Edwin Reed, “Don,” age 89, died peacefully of natural causes on Sept. 19, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on Dec. 19, 1929 in Fort Madison, Iowa to Frank and Clara Reed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Helen Ann Reed; his brother, Howard Reed; daughter-in-law, Kelly Smith Reed; and grandson, Lester Shawn Keith.

Don is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kristen and Lester Keith of Tyler, Texas; and sons, David Reed of Montgomery, Texas, and Matthew Reed of Marietta, Georgia; along with seven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by his sister, Eleanor Menke; and three brothers, Frank, Walter, and Maurice Reed; along with multiple nieces and nephews.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He married Helen Ann Niece on Sept. 2, 1950 in Fort Madison, Iowa. He was a graduate of General Motors Institute and retired from Buick Motor Division after more than 30 years of service. Don and Helen then moved to Meadowlakes, Texas where he enjoyed his retirement with family and friends, playing golf, traveling, and serving his community. He also served two terms as the first Mayor of Meadowlakes, Texas.

Don was actively involved in all aspects of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church’s operations, ministries, congregation, along with being a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Service to the church and his undying faith included RCIA Sponsor, Eucharistic Minister, ACTS ministry and a multitude of other roles and responsibilities within the Church.

A Rosary service in his honor will be held at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls, Texas on Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be said at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Don’s life.

Don will be laid to rest at Lakeland Hills Cemetery in Marble Falls, Texas next to his cherished wife, Helen. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

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