Harry F. Reed, 93, World War II Veteran, Storekeeper Third Class, United States Navy, a member of the Greatest Generation passed peacefully from this life to his eternal home Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at his residence in Waukee, Iowa, following a period of declining health while recovering from the surgical repair of a broken hip.
Harry was born in Truro, Iowa, on June 21, 1926, the second twin of John Fred and Honor Amanda Creger Reed. He received his education at the Truro School, graduating in 1944. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in May 1946 he was introduced to Virginia Hoeness of Winterset. They were united in marriage in Winterset on Feb. 2, 1947. This marriage was blessed with four children: Larry Franklin (Cathy) of Charlotte, NC, Dan Mark of Dallas, Texas, Randall Charles (Karen) of Kansas City, Mo., and Sharolyn Sue (Rich) of Dallas, Texas.
Harry became involved with his father’s business, J F Reed Produce and Feed in Truro. In 1955 he relocated his family to Winterset and opened Reed Feed and Soil Service at 121 West Court. In addition to Purina Feed sales, he was among the first in Iowa to sell anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. As the business grew it was moved to the north edge of Winterset where with his brothers, Herbert and Fred, they formed Reed Brothers, Inc. Herbert founded Circle B Cashway lumber company following his relocation from Truro in 1957 where he had actively managed Reed Lumber Company. Fred continued to reside in Truro while managing all grain storage and trading operations.
Harry opened Winterset Implement in 1965 selling the full line of John Deere farm equipment and he opened Reed Motors in 1968 selling the entire line of General Motors vehicles. In 1978 he purchased Tate Cadillac-Olds-Honda in Waterloo which he operated successfully as Reed Cadillac-Olds and Reed Honda until it’s sale in 1998 followed by his retirement living in Waukee, Iowa, and Scottsdale, Ariz.
Governor Robert Ray appointed Harry as a Commissioner on the Iowa Highway Commission in 1971. Following the reorganization of the Highway Commission into the Iowa Department of Transportation in 1974, he was appointed as a Director on its first Board.
He was a founder of the Winterset-Madison County Airport in 1968 where he earned his private pilot license. He spent many years enjoying private flying.
Harry was raised as a Mason in the Ivy Lodge in Truro and later transferred to the Evening Star Lodge in Winterset. He became a member of the consistory when he was raised to the 32nd Degree. He then became a member of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Temple in Des Moines and the R.O.J. #46. In Waterloo he enjoyed his membership in the Mobile Nobles and was a long time member of the Waterloo Rotary Club, becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
One of the joys of his life was spending time on his 600 acres of Madison County farmland west of Winterset. He maintained an active interest in the farming operation and grain markets up until the time of his death.
Harry never met a stranger. His outgoing personality made it natural for him to enjoy meeting and knowing people.
In addition to his four children, Harry leaves to cherish his memory eight grandsons, Nathan and Aaron Reed of Charlotte, NC, Joel Reed of Corona, Calif., Joseph Reed of Dallas, Texas, Trevin and Tyler Reed of Kansas City, Mo., Reed and Kevin Parker of Dallas, Texas, Keaton Parker of Denver, Colo., and Chase Parker of Nashville, Tenn.; three granddaughters, Anne Cartrette of Thomasville, NC, Rachael Glenn of Trinidad, Calif., and Mary Reed of Des Moines.
The relatives that preceded Harry in death were his father and mother; first wife, Virginia; his identical twin brother, Herbert T. Reed; and older brother, John Fred Reed Jr.
Harry’s service in the Navy in World War II involved transporting US Marines to the invasion of Okinawa. He loved to tell the stories of his Navy service including the U-Turn back to Hawaii his ship made in mid-Pacific following the dropping of the atomic bombs while they were underway with a load of Marines for the invasion of Japan. He was always very proud of his sacrifice on behalf of America and a strong advocate for the economic freedom and opportunity that America offers each of us. He has now joined the vast number of his Comrades that have gone before him. We owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude for their sacrifice for our sake.
Graveside services will be held at Young Cemetery on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Tim Cole officiating. Interment with military rites will be in the Young Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a tribute to be decided at a later date.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com