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Donald Eugene "Don" Reed, age 84, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, surrounded by family.
Don was born Feb. 1, 1933, in Mitchell, S.D., son of the late George Reed and Josie Reed.
He graduated from Dakota Bible College with a Bachelor Degree in Theology in 1955, and he was a pastor in Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota. He attended Lincoln Christian University before graduating from Illinois State University, in 1967, with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1973. Don later earned his Master Degree in Science.
Don married his college love, Norma Kay Davidson, on Aug. 17, 1961, and they had four children, Lyle Eugene Reed, deceased, David Allen Reed, deceased, Kendall Dale Reed and wife, Rosario, Lynette Jo (Reed) Leeck, her husband, Jay; seven grandchildren, Justin Reed, Daniel Reed, Elizabeth Reed, Ivan Leeck, Ingo Leeck, Igor Leeck and Ike Leeck; brothers, Alvin Reed, wife Mary Inez, Kenneth Reed, his wife Sharon; a sister, Lila Mosier, from Vancouver, Wash.
Don was an Economics teacher, in Rock Island, Ill., for 14 years and retired from Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric.
Don and Kay moved to Joplin, in 1999, and began to volunteer in various places such as ARM, White Fields and Spring River Christian Village. They appreciated volunteering on roughly 20 adventure trips with World Mission Builders in the United States and Mexico and in building chapels in prisons in Oklahoma.
Don was an active member of Villa Heights Christian Church.
Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m., in Parker Mortuary Chapel, with Rev. Truman Brady officiating. Interment will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions are suggested to LATM, ARM or Villa Heights Christian Church, care of Parker Mortuary.
Published on January 17, 2018
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