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Elmo Reed

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Elmo Reed Obituary
Reed, Elmo Wilson

Elmo Wilson Reed was born in Mineral Point, Wisconsin on July 22, 1917 to the late Albert and Lulu Reed. Elmo spent the majority of his early years living in Freeport, Illinois. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1935 and went on to study broadcasting at the RCA School of Radio Engineering in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1941, Elmo was drafted into the United States Army and was assigned to the Air Corps. He was trained as a technical radar operator and spent the next three years in England and the European war zone as part of the 1076th Signal Company. During that time, he was promoted to Second Lieutenant in the field. He was on his way to the Pacific in 1945 when the war ended. In 1946, he married June Ernst in Duncan, Nebraska. They moved to Rockford, IL where Elmo worked for WROK Radio Station. In 1947, Elmo accepted a position as Chief Engineer for WJPG Radio Station in Green Bay, WI. In 1962, Elmo and his family moved to Eau Claire, WI when he became Chief Engineer of WEAU-TV. After four years, Elmo returned to Green Bay to become Vice President of Engineering for Post Corporation. He held this position until he retired in 1984.

Elmo was active in many professional organizations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Society of Broadcast Engineers. In 1991, he was the first Broadcast Engineer to be inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He also served on the Brown County Civil Defense Organization and was a member of the American Legion Post #11.

Elmo was active in numerous community organizations including the Community Chest, YMCA, Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Bellin Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Wisconsin and the First United Methodist Church.

Elmo loved his family and enjoyed summer family times in Nebraska and at Wisconsin resorts. The family took many trips throughout the United States, Europe, India and South Korea. He was an avid reader, especially reading WWII and train books.

Elmo is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, June Reed; three children, Dianne Francis of Indianapolis, IN, Mark (Vicki) Reed of August, WI, Renee Reed of Wausau, WI and daughter-in-law, Barbara Baker of Seattle, WA. He is survived by six grandchildren, Jena (Tait) Nelson, Emilie Reed, Teresa (John) Stiles, Casey (Sarah) Reed, Jennifer Reed and Anna Reed and eight great-grandchildren, Jalen, Olivia, Tailynn, Teresa Renee, Helayna, Rowan, Riley and Layla, and many nieces and nephews.

Elmo was preceded in death by his son, Robert Reed and two brothers, Kenneth (Anita) Reed and Lowell (Marion) Reed.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe Street, Green Bay, from 10:00 am until the memorial service at 11:00 am with Rev. David Kalas officiating. Military honors will follow. Inurnment will be at Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elmo W. Reed Scholarship Fund c/o the First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe Street, Green Bay, WI, 54301.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Woodside Senior Communities for their wonderful care and kindness toward Elmo during the final year of his life.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 2 to Jan. 6, 2015
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