Arthur R. Reed, 81, formerly of Middletown, a resident of Behm’s Landing on Grand Lake St. Marys for the past 28 years, died on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born on April 16, 1931, in Trenton, and lived in the Trenton area most of his life. He was the son of Oscar “Gibby” Reed and Effie (Mount) Reed, and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by his four sons, Larry (Cindy) Reed, Terry Reed and Douglas Reed, all of Middletown, and Phillip Reed of Bear, Del.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Bertha Hill of Florida, Dorothy Jackson and Johana Reed, both of Middletown, and Janet Reed of Fairfield; three brothers, Oscar Reed of Middletown, Walter Reed of Trenton and Harold Reed of Florida; many nephews and nieces; his great friends, Nick and Emma Lucas, Mose Ballard, Claude Cunningham, James (Sarge) Fetters; his loving soul mate of years, Marie Kitzmiller and family.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mattie Haag; two brothers, Floyd Reed and Louis Reed.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. He enjoyed the outdoors, an avid fisherman, hunter, enjoyed antique collecting, mushroom hunting, making homemade wine and family gatherings.
He served in the artillery unit with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 323 of St. Marys and was a member of the Lake Improvement Association of Grand Lake St. Marys.
Mr. Reed was a supervisor with Armco Steel of Middletown and had also been a policeman with the Trenton Police Department.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Miltonville Baptist Church in Miltonville, with the Rev. Jessie Combs officiating. Burial will follow in the Miltonville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, 225 W. Monroe St., New Bremen, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Miltonville Baptist Church, 4475 Elk Creek Road, Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Lake Hospice or to the Mercer County Cancer Association.
The family offers a special thank you to the staff at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and the Grand Lake Hospice team for their caring of dad.
Condolences to the family may be left at GilbergHartwigfh.com.