Raymond Lawrence REED

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Was born on April 1, 1920, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and died on February 24, 2014 in Santa Rosa, California. Nicknamed "Buster" when he was young, Bus grew up in Indianapolis, graduated from Cathedral High School, and then enrolled at the University of Notre Dame. His father died when Bus was twenty years old, and then World War II came along and he enlisted in the Army where he would ultimately serve as a Combat Medic in the European Theater toward the end of the war. It was while on leave from the army that he met Dorothy (Dottie) Jeane Brown in Indianapolis, and they were married on October 5, 1943. Their first child, Kathryn Louise Reed (Faherty) was born September 4, 1944 while they were stationed with the army in Leesville, Louisiana. When Bus returned from the war he enrolled at Indiana University where he completed his undergraduate degree and then continued on at IU Medical School to achieve his MD and OB/GYN Degrees. It was while he was in school at IU that their second child, Daniel Lawrence Reed, was born on May 23, 1947, in Indianapolis. Bus was recruited to Seaside Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, CA, to serve his internship, and then to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland, CA for his residency. A brief move back to Indianapolis served to set the table for the final move to Palos Verdes Estates, CA, where the family settled for a long time. However, during that year in Indianapolis another son, Michael James Reed, was born on November 25, 1957. Then, shortly after arriving in Palos Verdes Estates, Brian John Reed was born on November 9, 1958. Teresa Ann Reed (Willenborg) was born on October 14, 1961, completing the Reed family. Bus opened up his private practice in Torrance, CA, and maintained a successful OB/GYN career until he retired in 1989 at the age of sixty-eight. Once the practice had become successful enough to begin vacations, Bus found that he thoroughly enjoyed the process of planning and going on trips. He and Dottie especially enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii and became immersed in the culture and music they discovered on their trips to the islands. Bus and Dottie lived in Palos Verde Estates for thirty seven years and the last twenty three of those years were spent at their beautiful home on the cliff overlooking the ocean and the view of Catalina Island. It was here that they had so many memorable times entertaining their children and grandchildren during the holidays, birthdays, weddings, or any imagined event to be used as an excuse to gather the family together. In 1995 they moved to Santa Rosa as the large Palos Verde Estates home had become too much to manage and Kathy's and Brian's families were now living in Santa Rosa as well. They lived for thirteen years in the Oakmont community, and then moved into the Varenna community in 2008, where they have enjoyed the last few years, and it was here that Raymond died peacefully, with family gathered around, just a month short of 94 years old. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m.. to 2:00 p.m.. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, followed by a graveside service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 2390 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA at 2:30 P.M. Daniels Chapel of the Roses 1225 Sonoma Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95405 (707) 525-3730
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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
(707) 525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 1 to Mar. 5, 2014