TRIVOLI - Dr. James Medill Reed, 85, of Trivoli, Ill., passed away at 12:05 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
The son of Cyril E. and Bertha (Alpaugh) Reed, he was born on April, 15, 1927. He married Janet L. Myers on Aug. 22, 1953, in Beaver Dam, Ky. She preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2008.
Surviving are his children, daughter, Cynthia A. Reed of Trivoli; three sons, Bryan E. (Tammi) Reed of Farmington, Bruce E. Reed of Trivoli and Brent J. (Amanda) Reed of Farmington; seven grandchildren, James, Josie, Jason, Kevin, Kristin, Matthew and Riley; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, W. Warner Reed and Rudyard R. Reed; four sisters, Barbara J. Osborn, Greta G. Kumlander, Marcia L. Little and Alicia R. Aden; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
James graduated from the School of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1954. He was a family practice physician and surgeon in Farmington for 55 years. On Oct. 1, 2010, he "retired" from his practice in Farmington, however, he still ran a small family practice from his home office in Trivoli until Jan. 1, 2013. In 2011, he was made an honorary volunteer fireman with Farmington Fire Department.
James was a member of American Legion Post 140 in Farmington, the Fulton County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society and an associate professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He was also the medical director at Farmington Country Manor and Spoon River Home Health.
He bred, trained and raced Standardbred and Thoroughbred horses for more than 50 years. He also enjoyed racing homing pigeons.
Visitation will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Farmington High School, 310 N. Lightfoot Road, Farmington, Ill. A private family service will be held with burial following in Trivoli Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Farmington Country Manor, Farmington Rescue Squad 1100 or Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District.
You can view Dr. Reed's memorial DVD and leave online condolences at www.sedgwickfuneral-homes.com.