Reed, James Marion
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93 of Mesa passed away Nov. 15, 2012. He was born Feb 11, 1919 to Samuel and Clara Gertrude (McBride) Reed in Fayette, MO. Dad worked on the family farm until he enllisted in the Army Oct 3., 1940 and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He received the American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star and received an Honorable Discharge Oct. 6, 1945. He married Eleanor Rose Allison on Oct. 6, 1945. They had four children; Linda, Roseann, Janet and James Samuel Reed. In 1959 they moved their family to Mesa, by 1960 they had divorced. Dad worked as a Security Guard for Wells Fargo,he was very proud of that. He loved to read, mostly western, going shopping at Frys on his scooter to buy scratcher tickets, Longhorn smokeless tobacco and snacks. He was pre deceased by his daughter Marian Roseann Rogers; daughter-in-law Joanie Morris; his only brother Donald Russell Reed; brother-in-law Raymond Johnmeyer; niece Shirley Blakemore and Julie Johnmeyer; ex-wife and Mother of his children Eleanor R. Morris; second wife Mary Reed; third wife Lafaye (Wilson) Reed. James is survived by daughters: Linda Edwards (Bill), Janet Bordenet (Greg); son James Samuel Morris; six grandchildren William Edwards II, Jarrod Morris, Melissa Morris, Michael Morris, Daniel Morris, Bret Rogers; ten Great-Grandchildren and one Great-Great; his only sister, Bertha Johnmeyer, whom he adored and nephews Raymond Lee Johnmeyer, Keneth (Butch) Johnmeyer, Donald Reed Jr.; nieces Shelia LaTurno and Diane Reed. Dad lived the last two of his life at The Legacy Retirement Residence and he truly loved it there. We would like to thank all the staff for the wonderful care he was given, they have the best staff ever. We would also like to thank Sun Valley Hopice Staff for all their care and support.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 5, 2012