John Everett Reed, 82, of Salem, passed away early on Wednesday December 5, 2012. He was born in Wabash, Ind., on March 31, 1930, the son of the late Maurice and Jennie Reed. John grew up on a farm, where he learned to rise early and work hard. He served in the United States Army at Fort Knox. He married Marlene Bouse in 1955, graduated from Purdue University, and began work as a high school science teacher. For two years, he and Marlene taught agriculture and home economics in Kisumu, Kenya. He worked in management and sales for Allis-Chalmers for 20 years in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Virginia.
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His family moved to Roanoke in 1977, and owned and operated Curry Copy Center in downtown Roanoke until his retirement in 1997.
John was a very talented and creative craftsman, with a special gift for making beautiful and practical art including stained glass, wrought iron, and woodwork. No one he met remained a stranger for long. He was an active volunteer for churches and charities, where he gave freely of his time and talents. He was a true original.
John was preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Marlene; and his sister, Ruth Long.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of the last 10 years, Lucy Phillips Reed; son, Greg Reed and daughter- in-law, Beth and their sons, Joseph, Kaleb, and Chance; daughter, Teresa and son-in-law, Tim Parry, and their children, Bess, Brooke, and Jacob; and great-grandsons, Ryder and John; daughter, Judi and son-in-law, Paul Anderson, and their sons, Drew, Tyler and Blake; sisters, Mary Lou Kendall, Helen Dawes, Dorothy Brouhard, and Nancy Meyer; brother, Max Reed; and countless other family members and friends.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the Sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roanoke Rescue Mission or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Published in Roanoke Times from December 6 to December 8, 2012