David Daniel Reed Jr.(1919 - 2014)

Reed, Jr., David Daniel David Daniel Reed, Jr., 94, passed away June 4, 2014, after, in his granddaughter's words, a "life of adventure, survival and adaptability." Born Aug. 14, 1919, in Plano, he graduated from Highland Park High School and attended SMU before joining the Army Air Corps in Dec. 1941. He flew 16 missions in B-24 and B-17 aircraft before he was shot down over Germany and held three months as a prisoner of war. Discharged as a Captain in early 1946, he was awarded, among other medals, a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After working as a land man for Sun Oil, he worked as a roughneck in Kermit, TX. He began working as an independent oil operator in Billings MT, before returning to Dallas to be closer to family. He married Joan Thompson Reed in 1950, and they had four children. In the 1980s, he was predeceased by his wife Nette Miller Reed. He was a member of the Salesmanship Club, Dallas Country Club and founding member of The Channels, a private fishing club in Ennis, MT. He loved trout-fishing and golf, and shot his first hole-in-one at the age of 81. Sociable and kind, he had many friends, some dating back to his days at Armstrong Elementary School in Highland Park. A man of few words, he possessed a dry sense of humor. He urged his children to always "be honest" and "do the right thing" and entertained his grandchildren with stories about his life. He is survived by his loving daughters, Christine Reed Ritchey and husband Lloyd of Pottsboro, TX.; Catherine Reed Bearce and husband Pat, of Anacortes, WA, and Joan Reed Hamilton and husband Phil of Dallas, and three grandchildren, Andrea Bearce Duty and husband Chris of London, England; Justin Hamilton of Dallas and Jordan Hamilton of Portland, OR. He was predeceased by his son David D. Reed III. The family thanks his dedicated physician and dear friend, Dr. Carrie Carter. A private family service will be held on the Madison River in Montana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on June 8, 2014