Arthur Reed

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A strong man, good neighbor, loving husband, and proud father, Arthur Lee Reed, succumbed to his battle with cancer on Aug. 16, 2017. He died at his home near Gainesville, Fla., surrounded by the love of his family and friends. He was 89 years old.
Arthur was born on July 12, 1928, to Hugh Floyd Reed and Claudia Leistner Reed in Perry County. He grew up on a farm in rural, southern Indiana and attended Tell City High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Jacksonville. While serving, he traveled the United States playing on Navy's basketball team. He returned to Tell City and began his long career with General Electric. While working there, he met his wife and soulmate of 68 years, Lois Fae Parker. They, along with their three children, moved to Florida in 1966 and Art continued his career at GE's battery division in Alachua. He received a degree from Santa Fe College and retired from GE in 1985 at age 55.
Art never met a person he wouldn't talk to and befriend. He was a beloved friend and neighbor in his community. Art and his wife were life-long members of the Methodist Church. After retiring, he volunteered at North Florida Regional Hospital for 17 years. He was happiest when he was outdoors. An avid and talented amateur golfer, he enjoyed membership at Turkey Creek Golf & Country Club in Alachua, Fla., and Christmas Lake Country Club in Santa Claus, where he volunteered as a ranger. While living in Perry County, he was a member of Hoosier Heights Country Club and a dedicated Tell City basketball fan. He also held UF Gator Basketball season tickets for many years.
Art took great pride in his home and enjoyed maintaining a beautiful house and fine yard. There was nothing he couldn't do or fix around the house. During retirement years, Art and Lois enjoyed traveling and owned homes in Santa Claus and near Boone, N.C.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, older brother, Ralph D. Reed of Tell City, and younger sister, Iris (Hoppy) Stein of Evanston. He is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, Cathie (Thomas) Hite of Evansville; son, David A. Reed of Sarasota, Fla.; daughter, Cristie (William) Mosblech of Valrico, Fla.; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Services were held in Gainesville on Aug. 19.
A service dedicated to the life of Arthur L. Reed is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Tell City. Internment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Tell City, at a later date.
Published in Perry County News on Nov. 9, 2017
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