Robert F. Reed M.D.
1921 - 2017
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Robert F. Reed M.D.

Jan. 4, 1921 - June 5, 2017

MISHAWAKA - Dr. Robert F. Reed, 96, died June 5, 2017, from natural causes at Hospice House. He was born in a small farmhouse near Rochester, Indiana, to parents, Robert Rush Reed and Margaret Cecelia Keesey of Rochester, Indiana, on January 4, 1921. Robert was raised by his grandparents on their farm near Rochester, which has been in the family since 1858. He graduated from Richland Center High School in 1939. In 1942, Robert felt the call to serve his country in World War II. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and became a navigator/bombardier on the B-25 Mitchell. His squadron, VMB612, flew night bombing missions from Iwo Jima and Saipan in the South Pacific. Thankfully, the passing of the G.I. Bill after WW II allowed Robert to attend Manchester College and then Indiana University School of Medicine. While attending Manchester, he met the love of his life, Barbara Rigby, and they were married on June 2, 1947. They were married for 68 years. After his residency at the Veterans Hospital in Long Beach, CA, Robert and Barbara returned to Indiana in 1953 to start his medical practice in Mishawaka where he was a family physician for over 40 years. After “retirement,” he worked as an FAA Medical Examiner and as a physician at the Life Treatment Center in South Bend. Other contributions to his community include: team doctor for the Mishawaka High School athletics; Chairman of the Mishawaka St. Joseph Hospital Physicians; advocating for fluoride in the Mishawaka municipal water system; and founding member of the Mishawaka Pilots Club. He became a private pilot and flight instructor after WW II and loved helping students learn to fly. He enjoyed flying his own aircraft through the age of 93! He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara, sisters, Barbara Wallace, Rosemary McIntyre, Mary Elizabeth, and brother, John Howard Reed. Surviving are his children, Tamara (Hilary) Asher of Mishawaka, R.J. (Karen) Reed of Brandon, MS, Michele McClead of Mishawaka, Tracy (David) Case of Mishawaka, John (Susan) Reed of North Oaks, MN, sister, Nancy Sriver (Robert) of Mishawaka and Tom Crissler of Texas. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank all of the people who provided wonderful assistance and care to Robert over the last few years, allowing him to stay at home. Special thanks to the Center for Hospice Care staff for their kindness and support. Arrangements are being made for a celebration of his life. Contributions in memory of Robert may be made to The Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or The Mishawaka Pilots Club, P. O. Box 149, Osceola, IN 46561-0149.

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Jun. 8, 2017.
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April 22, 2019
What a special man....that was the first to greet me in to this world!! It was an honor and privilege to have known him....
Bill Brockie
February 1, 2018
Met Dr. Reed around 1993 when I started going to him for Aviation Medical Exams. What a wonderful man he was! Honest as the day is long. Always friendly and professional. Bought and read the book he wrote A Drop in a Bucket. Enjoyed his stories about lifting watermelon from open top delivery truck on the go, traveling up the hills on old US 31 North of Rochester. Lol! He sure was a great story teller!
Brent Prior
June 14, 2017
The picture from Father's Day Weekend at Monticello is currently on my refrigerator. I am so thankful for our families' friendships and the memories created. Your house was always a soft place to land...please let your brothers and sisters know I am thinking of all of you. Kathy
June 12, 2017
Dr Reed was our family doctor, neighbor for awhile, and definitely a member of the "greatest generation". He provided excellent care for patients, and his bedside manner was one of compassion. I remember on one occasion he applied a butterfly bandage to my lip in his living room. His service and dedication to the residents of Mishawaka will long be remembered.

Ken and Nancy Leslie
No. Little Rock, Ar
Ken Leslie
June 9, 2017
My condolences to the Reed family on the passing of your father. Dr. Reed not only brought me into this world but was our family doctor until his retirement. I have many fond memories of time spent at your family home and my friendship with John. Your father was a pillar of our community and country. His contributions to the community throughout his life touched countless lives. A true hero who was always helping others and never asking for anything in return.
Dennis Teegarden
June 9, 2017
Dr Reed was my family doctor when I was growing up in Mishawaka. He was such a kind, sweet man.
Nancy Flood Taghon
June 9, 2017
What fond memories you must have! I pray that they bring you comfort and that God's grace will grant you peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you pay tribute to such a fine man.
Sherrye LaCour
June 9, 2017
Our condolences to the family. Dr Reed made a difference in many people's lives. A very special person.
Randy Fern
June 8, 2017
Truly sorry for your loss. What a wonderful gift it was to have him on this earth with you for so long. I am certain you have lots of terrific memories.

Peggy Vinson Barts
June 8, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Your Dad certainly seemed to have a long and fulfilling life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gene and Mary Beth McDonald
June 8, 2017
I could not have had a better family doctor growing up. When my dad needed open heart surgery in 1964, he flew us up to Mayo Clinic/St. Mary's Hospital in his small plane. He was a dedicated doctor and a great man.
Greg Marchant
June 8, 2017
My sympathies to all of Dr. Reed's family. I appreciated him as my family physician growing up, and had much admiration for his contributions to the community. Memory Eternal.
Mira Mihajlovich
June 8, 2017
Tamara and family, I am sorry to hear about your father. From the words above, he sounds like an amazing man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan Fischbach
June 8, 2017
Dr and Mrs Reed were second parents to me from 1959 forward. I was free to run though their unlocked back door and roam freely throughout the house as one of their own.
He was always there for us - in 1966 he met me at the Mishawaka hospital ER at 3 a.m. where I had arrived on a ski bus to cast my broken leg. Another time, Chuck Hibschman carried me into the office after I had sliced my foot open on glass by the river while water skiing.
He made many trips 'across the alley' to our home when my grandmother was dying of cancer in 1967.
In 1969, when I had returned from a year away at college, he cured my throat cancer when he told me that he couldn't feel any lump.....but, he never could get me to stop my nicorette habit!
Truly the real "familly doctor" of days gone by.
Rest in Peace, Bob, - you lived the good life and have slipped the surly bonds of earth and now touch the Hand of God.
Patricia Shaler
June 8, 2017
Tracy and family, I am sorry to learn of your father's death. What a rich, full life he had! Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Mary Nicolini
June 8, 2017
I did not know Dr Reed for very long but it was a pleasure to care for him and help him to be peaceful. He leaves a lovely family behind. He is in my prayers. Amy Tinlin
June 8, 2017
I am filled with memories of a wonderful man who made so many of our lives better with his compassion, dedication and friendship. May his memory be a blessing.
Jill Nevel Field
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