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Stewart Dean Reed Oct. 11, 1921 - July 12, 2009 "Stew" was a highly decorated World War II B-17 pilot; salesman for TWA and Vitamin Products Co.; executive in sales and product development for California Physicians Service, Blue Shield of California, and Delta Dental; longtime tennis player, bicyclist, skier; fan of Scottish bagpipe music; and supportive husband, father, and grandfather who was generous with his love and humor. Passed away peacefully at home in Burlingame. Born to Dr. Claude L. and Mildred Reed in Wakefield, KS, and raised in Topeka, Stew was a Kansas State University student and a member of Beta Theta Pi. He joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in Feb. 1943, ultimately attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant in the 8th Air Force. Following the U.S.-U.K. crossing in their Flying Fortress, he and his crew flew bombing missions over Nazi Germany until being shot down by fighters over Hamburg on Dec. 31, 1944. After crash landing the B-17, Stew was held in Stalig Luft 1 POW camp until liberation by the Russian Army in May 1945. His service awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross; Campaign, Victory, and POW medals; and a Purple Heart. Following the war Stew began his sales career in Indianapolis, and in 1949 went on to continue his profession and raise his family in S.F., Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Burlingame. Stew is survived by his wife Sheila Reed of Burlingame; children Suzanne Reed of Capitola and Brian Reed of Napa; stepdaughter Vanessa McCarthy (David Windsor) of Santa Monica; grandchildren Brittney Reed, Max Rota, and Archie Windsor; first wife Margaret O'Malley of Palo Alto; nephew Stewart Brownlee of Rowayton, CT; and pal Pickles. He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Brownlee and niece Claudia Beck. A Memorial Service for friends and family will be held later this month. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Stew's memory to the Yosemite Fund or Season of Sharing Fund.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 15 to July 19, 2009
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