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Jerome Reed

December 25, 1953 — March 10, 2024

Jerome Reed

Jerome Arthur “Jerry” Reed was born on December 25, 1953, to Willis F and Grace N (Dye) Reed. He joined seven older siblings, three brothers and four sisters.

Jerry went to District #58 and #59 for grade school. As a young child he was baptized and put his trust in the lord! He then went on to attend Northwest Public High School, graduating in 1972. After high school Jerry entered the Air Force. Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge, he went home to take care of his parents. He served additionally in the Army Reserve and National Guard.
Jerry had various careers, beginning as a long-haul truck driver. He moved his family to Texas where he became the Chief Engineer for various Hilton hotels and the historical Driscoll Hotel in Austin. He served ten years as the Facilities Director for YMCAs in Nebraska, Arizona, and Missouri. After which he returned to the Chief Engineer role at the Embassy Suite in Hot Springs, AR. He retired in 2016, because he said couldn’t let his son retire before him, so he came home one day and said I have the perfect job for us. His wife said “Us?”. He worked at KOAs in Connecticut, Louisianna, and North Carolina on a Cherokee Indian land where he worked with the tribe elders. He then moved on to manage private campgrounds in Medicine Park, Oklahoma, and Edgemont Arkansas. Throughout his life, he and his wife visited all 48 continental states and Mexico.

He loved to sing country and gospel music. He won a first-place award at the Ainsworth, Nebraska Annual National Country Music Festival. His sense of humor was widely known, from him cracking jokes in person or on social media. He kept his sense of humor even while in the hospital, telling a nurse when asked what his birthday was "I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours."

Those left to mourn his memory include his wife of 41 years Mary; siblings, Pearl Mead of Wood River, Gene (Joann) Reed of Hastings, and Betty Stephens of Fullerton; His son, Brian (Stacy) Reed of Elgin, OK; Daughter, Marissa (Brian) Suski of Livingston TX; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Jerry was greeted in Heaven by both his maternal and paternal grandparents; his parents; siblings, Sam, Earl, Alice, Louise, and Harold; daughter, Crystal; and grandchildren, Britney and Kayden.
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