Robey R. REED (1933 - 2017)

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REED,
Robey R.

Sensei Reed, a national and international judo and karate figure, passed away on September 9, 2017.
Robey was born to Lillie and Callie Reed on February 1, 1933. He attended two years of college in Texas, and served in the United States Air Force. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was instrumental in starting the Survival School at Fairchild Air Force Base, and was an instructor until his retirement from the USAF in 1971.
He obtained many honors and awards, including 8th Dan in both judo and karate; US Air Force Judo Champion; US Martial Arts Hall of Fame Grandmaster of the Year; Lifetime Achievement Award from United States Judo Association; Meritorious Service, International Judo and Jujitsu Academy Hall of Hero's; and many others.
He is survived by five children. He taught many children and adults though his dojos and summer camps in the Inland Pacific Northwest. He reached out to low income families and offered free classes and equipment if the child was associated with the Boys and Girls Club of America. He taught Defensive Tactics at the Spokane Police Academy for years.
Robey lived a remarkable life and made a difference in so many other's lives. He will be missed.
The service will be Friday, September 29, 2017, at 9:45 a.m., Washington State Veteran's Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Road, Medical Lake, with coffee to follow at his favorite restaurant, Frankie Doodles.

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Published in Spokesman-Review from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Ball & Dodd Funeral Home
5100 West Wellesley Ave | Spokane, WA 99205 | (509) 328-5620
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