SPRING VALLEY W. Reed Madden, 75, of Spring Valley, OH, passed away on October 21, 2013 in Dayton, OH. Born in Dayton on January 16, 1938, he was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Harriette (Rettig) Madden. Married for 53 years, he is survived by his wife and best friend, Judy (Meckley); two children, Reed (Stephanie) Madden, Jr. of Centerville, OH and Laura Madden LaDue of Bellbrook, OH.; six grandchildren Andrew, Patrick, and Leah McHugh, Steven and Alex Madden, and Adam LaDue; and four great grandchildren, Shamus, Grady, Andrianna, and Leland McHugh.
With his never-ending energy, Reed was a proven leader by action and results. During his business career, Reed was secretary/treasurer of Motive Parts and Equipment and owned the W. Reed Madden Insurance Agency. Elected to five consecutive terms as Greene County Commissioner from 1985 to 2005, he served on the board of directors of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Greene County Historical Society, Beavercreek Wetlands Association, Miami Valley RC&D, Wright B Flyer Inc., National Aviation Parks Heritage Area, National Aviation Hall of Fame, Miami Valley Military Affairs Association, Spring Valley Potato Festival, Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and Greene County Community Foundation, of which he was a founding member. Over the years, he was active in the Waynesville Masonic Lodge #163, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, Warren County Shrine Club, Aviation Trail Inc., Comus Club and Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Fairborn, Spring Valley, Waynesville, Xenia, and Yellow Springs Chambers of Commerce.
At the state and national level, Reed served on the boards of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the National Association of Counties where he was active in legislative, economic development, environmental, and conservation issues. He was president of the CCAO Alumni Association.
A life-long southwestern Ohio resident, Reed graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School (1956). He attended Southern Methodist University and The Ohio State University (1956-1960). He graduated from Purdue University Life Insurance Marketing Institute (1968) and the University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Program on Recycling (1988). A celebration of life service will be held on October 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Schlientz & Moore Funeral Home, 820 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., in Centerville, OH. The family will receive friends October 24, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Miami Valley Memory Gardens, 1639 E. Lytle 5 Points Rd., Dayton, OH. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Greene County Community Foundation at 25 Greene Street, Xenia, OH 45385 or Hospice of Dayton at 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio. For those wishing Condolences may be left at SchlientzandMoore.com