Robert M. Reed

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Robert Reed went home to meet the Lord on Monday, December 7, 2015. He was born in Arkansas City, KS, August 16, 1926, to Elmer and Margaret Reed. They moved to Salina, KS, in 1927. Bob was an excellent student and leader in high school. He was on both the basketball and track teams. On May 2, 1942, Bob and his future wife, Thelma Jo Stedham, had their first date.

After graduating from high school in 1944, Bob enlisted in the Navy. He went to boot camp at Great Lakes Navy Base and sang in the choir there. After specialized training in the new radar technology, he went to south TX and then to the Pacific islands of Guam and Saipan. Upon his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1946, he returned to attend Kansas State University (as did Thelma Jo.)

Bob & Thelma Jo were married in 1948 after she graduated. His Navy training allowed Bob to graduate early and he was offered a job with Shell Oil Company. He started in Tulsa, OK, beginning a year and a half of gypsy life in Shell's training program. Bob had a successful career with Shell, progressing to increasingly responsible positions. He worked in several different positions within Shell located in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK, NY City, NY (commuting from Westport, CT), The Hague, Netherlands, and Houston, TX. When he retired in 1986, he was General Manager of Shell's Information and Computer Center which operated out of Houston. At that time Shell was second only to NASA in its computerized information scope. In 1960, when Bob and Thelma Jo were living in Oklahoma City, OK, their only child, Molly, was born.

Bob was raised in the Methodist church and he, Thelma Jo, and Molly were members of their local Methodist church throughout their moves. Bob served in many capacities in the church while he was still working for Shell. When he retired he gave much more of his time to his local church, as well as the District and Conference. Another of his special interests was Wesley Community Center in Houston. Many days and hours were spent working with the director and the Center. He served on the building committee of the present Conroe First United Methodist Church. Bob used his skills to computerize the library of Sam Houston Elementary School in Conroe, TX, and the voting process of the TX Methodist Annual Conference.

Throughout his successful career with Shell, Bob made sure he dedicated quality time to Thelma Jo and Molly. They went on numerous long summer vacations exploring the US on family road trips. When Molly became involved showing Arabian horses, he spent many weekends and the majority of his vacation time so they could participate in horse shows as a family. Bob's innate love and way with animals showed the kind heart and humble spirit he had in all areas of his life. A love he shared with Molly and a large part of their shared time together throughout his life.

Bob is survived by immediate family Thelma Jo, his wife of 67 years, and his daughter Molly Malinda M. Reed. Extended family: Brother-in-law Austin Stedham and wife Joan, brother-in-law Fred Johnson, II (husband of sister Margaret Mary), sister-in-law Shirley Jo Reed (wife of brother Kent Williams), nieces and nephews Mary Lynn Scheck, David Stedham, Fred Johnson, III, Mike Reed, Sally Reed, Ann Reed, Kathy Reed, and Susan Calitri. He was proceeded in death by brother Kent Williams (1920-1990) and his first wife, Marie (1927-1971), and sister Margaret Mary (1921-2006).

A Funeral Service was held on Friday December 11, 2015 at First United Methodist Church Conroe followed by entombment at Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery.


Published on from Dec. 15 to Dec. 28, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
18000 Interstate 45 S | The Woodlands, TX 77384 | (936) 321-5115
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