Marvin Earl Reed (1929 - 2017)

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Marvin Earl Reed, Chief Master Sgt. (United States Air Force, Retired), 88, of Anchorage, Alaska, died on Oct. 6, 2017, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage. Marvin was born on May 30, 1929, in Lampasas County, Texas, to John Morgan and Maude Edna Reed. At age 5, after the death of his mother, Marvin lived with his aunt and uncle, Tommie and Earl Reed, on a farm near Atherton Community in Lampasas County, Texas. He began his education in a two-room schoolhouse in Atherton, Texas. After the family moved to the small community of Lometa, Marvin attended and graduated from high school in Lometa. During this time, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Marvin spent the next year at John Tarleton Agricultural College. During that time, he spent the summer in Georgetown, Texas, with his father and stepmother, Velma Reed. On July 4, 1947, while attending a Church Youth Group all-day picnic on the San Gabriel River, Marvin met his future wife, Frances Jo "Jody" McMahon.
On June 30, 1948, Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. On August 28 of that same year, upon graduation from basic training, Marvin and Jody were married. They then moved to his next assignment at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Thirty years of active duty service took Marvin to Greenland, Morocco, and Thailand, all remote, unaccompanied tours. He also served in Alaska and various bases in the Lower 48 as an Information Specialist. Marvin worked overseas in electronic news media and stateside with the print media.
After his retirement from military service in 1978, Marvin attended Anchorage Community College for two years, while working for six years as a Quarantine Inspector for the U.S. Public Health Service at Anchorage International Airport. Marvin also volunteered as a teacher for the Anchorage Literacy Project for 10 years. During this timeframe, he was actively involved in the Chapel programs on Elmendorf Air Force Base, ushering and singing in the choir.
In his retirement years, Marvin enjoyed traveling. In 1984, on an Economics Course Tour from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he and Jody traveled to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Marvin accompanied his wife and the Anchorage Concert Chorus on concert tours in England, Scotland, Austria, East and West Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.
Marvin spent countless hours in genealogy research, tracing Jody's ancestry back to passengers on the Mayflower and accumulating many volumes of information. For years he published a family newsletter which he sent to his children and grandchildren. Usually five to seven pages in length, it included news and pictures of all the family activities. He kept a daily journal from an early age and throughout his Air Force years. Marvin was a gifted writer and compiled extensive stories with pictures about each phase of his life.
Marvin is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 69 years, Jody Reed; children, Sandra Mattingly and David Reed of Anchorage, Virginia (Roger) Timperley of Cedar Bluffs, Neb., Douglas (Irene) Reed, Chief Master Sgt. (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), of Cheyenne, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at Anchor Park United Methodist Church, 2300 Oak Drive in Anchorage. In lieu of flowers, Marvin's family requests that you consider a donation to the Anchorage Concert Chorus, 165 East 56th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99518; or any charitable organization of your choice.
The family thanks Providence Extended Care, especially the doctors and staff of the Kenai Cottage, for their compassionate care.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 10, 2017
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