TELL CITY – Ralph Reed, 88, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at his home.
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Ralph was born in Perry County, Dec. 24, 1925, to the late Hugh and Claudia (Leistner) Reed.
Ralph entered the service after graduating high school, joining the 2nd Armored Division in Germany. He saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and was captured on the Elbe River April 12, 1945, becoming a prisoner of war until the end of the war.
Upon returning to Tell City, Ralph became associated with Zoercher Insurance and was president until his retirement in 1988. When it came to community affairs, Ralph devoted his time and effort. He was building chairman of his church, First United Methodist and was past president of Tell City Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Jaycees, American Legion Post 213 and VFW Post 2939. He served as president of Tell City National Bank board of directors and was a director of Southern Indiana Resources Solutions. He was also president of Big I Association from 1971 to 1972.
He was married Sept. 4, 1946, to Rose Dauby, who preceded him in death in 2013. They were married for 66 years.
Surviving are his children, Candy (Dean) Boerste of Tell City, Sheila (John) Austin of Ft. Branch, Pam (Pete) Franzman of Tell City, Sam Reed of Tell City and Tim (Debbie) Reed of Tell City; a brother, Art (Lois) Reed of Alachua, Fla; a sister, Iris "Hoppy" (Eugene) Stein of Evanston; grandchildren, Carrie (Brian) Merrill, Ryan and Jarrad Austin, Eric (Dana) Franzman, Brad (Katie) Franzman, Cassie (Ian) Yost, Hana, Ian, Elliot and Eli Reed and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lee Shepherd will officiate. Entombment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, SIRS and Perry County Memorial Hospital
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.zoercher-gillickfuneralhome.com.
Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home
920 10Th St
Tell City, IN 47586
Published in Perry County News on Feb. 20, 2014