Jeffry Bryan Reed
1968 - 2013
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Jeffry Bryan Reed, 45, lost his bitter eight-month battle with Burkitt's lymphoma on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at a hospice in Fort Worth. Celebration of life: Will be held after the first of the year. Y'all leave January open. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219. Jeff was born April 30, 1968, in Denver, Colo. Jeff was a curious, mischievous, fun-loving kid and never really grew out of that. He was always quick to amuse and to confuse. He would often leave you shaking your head. He could talk politics and guns 'til the cows came home. He took every opportunity to mentor young gun enthusiasts in the hope of passing on a continued appreciation of the right to bear arms. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved the outdoors and all its beauty. He loved his country and would do anything for his fellow man. He knew a lot about a lot. He could talk to anyone about anything and often did. Jeff could have died a long time ago from any one of the crazy things he had done. He pulled numerous stunts in the military, though the stories are likely exaggerated. He worked for a spice company in his younger days and was electrocuted. (There is a funny story about muscle relaxers.) He had his share of motorcycle wrecks but always refused to go to the hospital. He had some close calls while hunting and generally causing trouble. Jeff was very proud of his accomplishments in spite of what he felt was not a great childhood. He moved to Texas in 1986, after graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colo. He then saw himself straying down the wrong path and joined the Army-Army National Guard. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant E5. He attended Mountain View College on the GI Bill and received his associate degree in applied science. Jeff worked on helicopter avionics for Masco Service for 12 years while also pursuing his own successful computer business, Aftermath Computers. He switched careers in 2001 and joined Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants full time as the one and only IT administrator. Jeff married his second wife, Reta, in 2001. She faithfully put up with him for their 12 years together. He taught her that people are not scary and it is OK to love everyone. He taught her the value of a good hug. She taught him that dishes don't put themselves in the dishwasher, and there's no such word as "squoze." Jeff calmed a bit with the birth of his son, Travis. They were best buddies, though Jeff never got to teach Travis all he wanted his son to know. He always told him to do his best and to be a good boy. He did manage to demonstrate the art of the belch, many times. Jeff's military brothers stood by him and remain dedicated to his family -- James Cobb, Carlos San Martin, Ray Martinez and Lupe Del Torro. They, too, should probably have died long ago from lack of good judgment in their youth. Good thing they pulled each other through. The family would be completely lost without the love and support of their friends and neighbors (thank you for maintaining eye contact when encountering Jeff in the yard in his boxers) and adopted family of Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants. Words cannot express the gratitude for everything done and said on Jeff's behalf and for the family. The family wishes to thank the expert, caring, talented nurses and techs of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Harris Tower 7th Floor, Med-Surg ICU unit and ER Department. They made Jeff's stays more than bearable. Big hugs to all. And to his oncologist, Dr. Sanjay Oommen, you really should try to come up with good news once in a while. Just make something up. Seriously though, Doc, you did your best with what you had. Jeff extended his family far and wide in his last few months -- reaching out to online strangers with his story. He was embraced with unfathomable compassion. Jeff looked for a shoulder and instead moved a community to strive to become better people, to love one another, to hug loved ones a little tighter. Jeff's life truly had a purpose and he served it well. Complete strangers have provided more than just words of encouragement and prayers. They provided a world-wide heartbeat from which love and brotherhood will beat eternally. Jeff's family is honored to include the members of AR15.com, Texashuntingforum.com and Godlikeproductions.com as members of the family. Jeff was preceded in death by his good friend, Edward Louis Silva. They met in the hospital and became fast friends. They are partying now at the biggest tailgate party ever! Survivors: His wife, Reta of Fort Worth; son, Travis; stepdaughters, Alex and Kristen Ramirez; mother, Cheryl Puchrik (Tony) of Camas, Wash.; best friend, James Cobb of Garland; Reed family in Denver, Colo., father, Gary Reed, and siblings, Eric Reed, Crystal Reed, Sean Reed and Craig Reed; aunt, Jeanene Myers of Brownwood; and multiple cousins.

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Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 15, 2013.
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July 1, 2019
I remember Jeff when we worked together in the Deli at Tom Thumb page in Irving Texas, just before he joined the Texas National Guard. He was fresh out of Denver then, if my memory serves, and living with his Aunt and uncle. This was in the late 80s. It was the three of us, Jeff, me, and Tracy Trudnoski. Jeff was a good young man. Always with snuff tobacco in his cheek and always trying to learn something new and looking for better things. It's good that he found his way. We lost touch, but I've thought of him often during the years. Sad to hear of his passing.
Ed Berkeypile
June 24, 2019
I can't believe it's been 5 years plus. I do miss you and think about you often. I won't forget the first night you started chemo. I was there holding your hand all night and yet you stayed positive. Life goes on and the sadness fades . I promise you're in my heart forever and always. I won't forget our talks and our laughs that we so needed in the stressful environment we were in at the time. Thank you for getting us through those days!!!
Teresa
November 9, 2014
Miss you Babe.
Reta Reed
January 20, 2014
Godspeed Jeff. Having only recently met you on AR15.com I thank you for your inviting myself and fellow Arfcomers to share in your incredible journey. My prayers go out to you and yours.
Your Arfcom brother I-M-A-WMD
December 21, 2013
Jeff,
I never met you but I've known you through your brother, Eric and sister-in-law, Janet. Seems like I missed out on meeting a really cool guy! God speed, Jeff!!!
Bill Workman
December 19, 2013
He's waiting for you.
Until we meet again. I love you son. You will be missed.
Gary Reed
December 19, 2013
I have to admit, I still glance down at your house when I'm out getting my mail for that crazy sweet guy in the boxers. Jeff, you will be greatly missed but not forgotten. This is not the end.. only the beginning because I know we'll see you again. RIP my friend!
Lisa Burdick
December 18, 2013
RIP brother,The World and ARFCOM wont be the same without you.
Bentley66 AR15,com
December 17, 2013
Jeff, we only met x1at the hospital with my Brother Ed. That day, I witnessed and felt the energy you two had!! We love you and thank you for being a friend to my brother!!!

The Silva Family
Mansfield, Texas
December 17, 2013
Reta, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I hate I never got to meet him. He seemed like a marvelous person. Praying for you.
Mary Bodley
December 17, 2013
Thank you for letting us into your life for a bit. You have made many people better by having known you and your struggles. May you travel into the light and rest forever in peace.
Chae Kim
December 17, 2013
Jeffy,
May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back,
may the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And, until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand. (An Old Irish Blessing)
Love,
Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad
December 16, 2013
After such a good fight, you can now rest in peace. Jeff, you will be missed! Stacey Stansbury, TPSC, Arlington.
December 16, 2013
I wish I knew him Reta, and I am sending you hugs and prayers. Miss you at work.
Melissa
Melissa
December 16, 2013
We all miss you so much here at TPCCC, you will always have such a special place in our hearts.
Jessi Vargas
December 15, 2013
Never met you in person, but still praying for you and your family. Reta-take care of your family and know that Jeff will be looking down and following you all the time. It's not goodbye, just until next time.
Dan
December 15, 2013
December 15, 2013
Godspeed brother Jeff -
j j
December 15, 2013
Godspeed my friend...Chas/GLP
December 15, 2013
You were friendly, always willing to explain a finer point in a discussion and I'll miss but not forget you.
A H
December 15, 2013
You were a blessing to many Jeff, my heart felt condolences to Reta and family.

Kerry GLP Ar15 Ontario , Canada
Kerry
December 15, 2013
Even though i never got to meet you, i still shed a tear for you and your family. God speed Jeff.
alex Pierce
December 15, 2013
Shine on
December 15, 2013
Jeff im getting that Tepco trigger you suggested. Thank you for allowing me to know you for a bit.

You are the man
Dan Salamone
December 15, 2013
Go easy, Bro
Joseph C.
December 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you Reta and your family.Jeff was loved by many and his love for you and those around him will shine on.
AKObserver 'Heather'
December 14, 2013
Jeff,
9 years on GLP....You always had my back in "Heated Threads"....Take Care Brother.....I expect you'll be a part of my receiving party when it's my time. Like the rest of my Combat Buddies from (Desert storm/Haiti/Bosnia IFOR & SFOR) that have passed before Me. As a side note, My Father is Col. Mayfield.... whom You may have served with in the Texas National Guard.

Jeff, I've had to do "Roll Call"... too many times before.....and now it Your Time.

Attention!......

Roll Call...Sound Off!

SGT. REED!........
SGT. REED!........
SGT, Jeffry Reed!

Sir ..... SGT Reed is No Longer With Us.....

Toujours Pret!...Brother!

Frank Love
frank.t.love@gmail.com
Frank Love
December 14, 2013
In memory, and with prayers of comfort, and joy of remembrance of Jeffry and the good he shared with others.
Liz-Junkyard Lily
December 14, 2013
RIP Jeffry. You are at peace now and with God.

Love and peace to you Reta and family !
tessah
December 14, 2013
RIP Jeffry! Your at home, in peace with God.

Praying for you Reta and your family !
tessah
December 14, 2013
God Bless you ARFCOM brother. You changed many lives and gave me a valuable sense of perspective. Thanks for sharing your time with these friends. We are all better for it.
Phil ToledoXJ
December 14, 2013
Reta and Family- Jeffry has touched so many lives in his final months, and I thank you for sharing him with us. To see not only one, but two online communities come together in the manner they did was absolutely beautiful. Rest in Peace Jeffry, You did good :D
Tiffany Kozak
December 14, 2013
What a light you have been to many ! Rest in peace, my friend.
Mary Ellen Slazyk
December 14, 2013
Beautiful, May God grant your wings. CP
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