In Loving Memory of David ‘Dave’ Edwin Reed: 1953-2021

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David “Dave” Edwin Reed of Centralia, Washington, passed away on Sept. 11, 2021 at his home with his loving wife by his side. He valiantly struggled with kidney and heart disease throughout his later years due to complications of diabetes. 

David was born Oct. 13, 1953 in Fort Collins, Colorado to his parents, Robert and Geraldine Reed. He was the fourth sibling joining the family. He attended kindergarten in Germany, and the rest of school was in Charles City, Iowa, graduating in the class of 1971. Upon graduating, David enlisted in the United States Air Force. There, David served from 1971 to 1992, and took great pride that he worked on the F-15. His last assignment was at McCord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington. Following his retirement, he worked for Bridgeport Pharmacy for approximately 10 years as a technician and delivery driver. He spent the remaining years living in Washington state. In 2005, he was united in marriage to his wife Connie (Craig) Reed. 

David enjoyed fishing, working in the yard, and working with tools. He could fix anything and enjoyed helping people. He and his wife were members of Rochester United Methodist Church, and enjoyed participating in it. They enjoyed visiting with friends and family, and going on day trips with her friends when able. 

David is survived by his wife at home Connie Reed; two sisters Marilyn (Gerald) Frye of Garnavillo, Iowa and Diane Klaiber of Nashville, Tennessee; brother Jim (Kim) Reed, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; two nieces Lisa (Jeff) Mink and Jennifer Reed; and a great niece, Allison Groom, along with many other family members and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert (2005) and Geraldine (2010) Reed and brother in-laws Jon Johnson and Robert Klaiber. 

David was buried at Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery with full military honors. His memorial will be Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 540 School St. S.E., Lacey, Washington, 98503. Masks are required. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to either The Rochester United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 78, Rochester, Washington, 98579 or to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3866, Lacey, Washington, 98503.

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