July 22, 2008

Howell Eugene Reed, formerly of Chillicothe, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at Maple Lawn Health Center in Eureka.

Born Aug. 13, 1920, in Speer to Harry and Hettie (Howell) Reed, he married Valeria Hancher in Palmyra, Mo., April 12, 1940. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Gordon (Mary) Reed of Williams, Minn., Larry (Linda) Reed of Eureka, Robert (Christina) Reed of East Peoria and Rick (Beverly) Reed of Buford, Ga.; one sister, Francis Lundholm of Henry; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Hawksworth.

He was World War II Navy veteran.

He worked as a carpenter at the United States Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1982. He previously worked at LeTourneau as a welder, welding instructor and foreman.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Private services were Saturday at Davison-Fulton Anderson Chapel. Visitation preceded services. Chaplain Doug Hicks officiated. Burial was in Blue Ridge Cemetery with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Maple Lawn Health Center in Eureka.

Online condolences may be made at www.mem.com.