With sadness, we announce the passing of Dr. Ernest Linwood Reed (Bud) on March 19, 2014. Born on Oct. 16, 1917, in Pennsylvania to Dr. Ernest and Julia Reed, Bud was the youngest of four children. Early in his life the family moved to Pensacola, Fla., where he attended school and upon graduation, joined the Navy. In his 13 years in the military, Bud served in the Navy, Army and Air Force. He attended Auburn University where following in the footsteps of his father, he received a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He set up practice first in Pensacola then moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1960 where he continued to practice for the next 30 years, touching the hearts of many humans and improving the lives of many animals. Bud had a great love of sailing and was a lifetime member of the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club. He also served as a past president of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club and until recently, was the Fort Walton Beach YMCA's oldest member.
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He is survived by his wife, Monica Derrick Reed; his sons, Roger, Scott, James and Ernest; his daughter, Terry; his former wife and mother of his children, Frances Reed, and Scott, Kristen, and Amanda Derrick, the children of Monica. He was the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A private family interment will take place in Pensacola on Thursday, March 27, 2014. A celebration of Bud's life will be held at the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club at 180 Ferry Road, NE, from 3 to 5 p.m., on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) 752 Lovejoy Road, NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, or Fort Walton Beach Family YMCA, 1127 Hospital Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
Arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McLaughlinMortuary.com.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 25, 2014