Robert L. Reed, age 90, of Hamburg, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa.
Robert was born in Custer County on a farm near Arnold, to Francis Oscar and Julia Lavetta (Huff) Reed July 20, 1921. He attended elementary school at Oxford District 13 and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1939.
He worked as a farm hand and in 1941 enrolled in a school of aeronautics at Wichita, Kan. In July 1942, he was inducted into the United States Army Air Force. A heart condition disqualified him for flight training. He became an aircraft and engine mechanic. He received his basic and aircraft maintenance training at Sheppard Field, Texas and continued with advanced training at Wright Patterson in New Jersey and at Mobile, Ala.
Robert served overseas with The Seventh Air Depot Group at various locations in England and France and later in Germany attached to Pattonâ€™s Third Army. At warâ€™s end while awaiting separation and transportation back to the States, by correspondence he studied radio and carpentry.
He received his Army discharge in December at Leavenworth, Kan. and just made it home for Christmas. He found employment as a carpenter and mason, which he worked at until he had collected enough experience and college hours to qualify him as an instructor at Mid Plains Community College Vo. Tech Division at North Platte in 1973. He held this position until retiring in 1986, but continued to teach night classes and other assignments until 1993.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Deborah; a sister Dorothy and her husband Frank; older brother Walter (a casualty of war), and a younger brother Rodney of Eugene, Ore.; brothers-in-law, Weldon Swick and Virgil Woodward.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Betty Reed of Hamburg, Iowa; daughters, Dr. Elizabeth Reed and husband Ellis Makos and their daughter Olivia of Omaha, and Janet Lechner and husband James and their twin sons, Jeffrey and Reed of Hamburg, Iowa; three sisters, Betty Swick of Salem, Ore., Marian Woodward of Jefferson City, Mo., and Gweneth Den Dooven of Denver, Colo., and other family and friends.
Robert was a 60- year member of the American Legion. He served 17 years as a Broken Bow volunteer fireman and 11 years on the governing board of a Presbyterian Church.
Graveside memorial services were Thursday, Nov. 3, at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, with the Nebraska National Guard Funeral Honors Detail conducting military honors.
A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at the United Trinity Church in Hamburg, Iowa, with Pastor Daniel Voigt officiating. Memorials may be given to the Hamburg, Iowa Rescue or the Broken Bow Fire Department.
Condolence may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com
Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 3, 2011