Atty. John P. Reed, 91, of Uhrichsville, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Born December 3, 1918 in Uhrichsville, he was a son of the late Paul Foster and Ruth Emily (Brunner) Reed.
John was a graduate of Uhrichsville High School in the class of 1936. He furthered his education at Ohio University in Athens, O. where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1940. John enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 13, 1942 at Ft. Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, applied for and was accepted to attend Army Air Force Statistical Officers Candidate School (OCS) at Harvard University, and accepted his commission with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He served as a statistical officer with the 302nd Bomb Group, was deployed to England, October 30, 1942 with the 446th Bomb Group, stationed at Bungay (Flixton), England, and was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Honorable Lapel Button. He was promoted to Captain on orders signed by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, February 1, 1944, and was honorably discharged March 12, 1946 at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. He later served in the Air Force Reserves, retiring with the rank of Major. Upon returning home from the war, he attended Case Western Reserve University, receiving his law degree in 1948.
John returned to Uhrichsville to begin his private law practice in 1948. He and his brother, George Robert Reed, joined their father, Paul F. Reed, as the third generation of Reed lawyers. He served his community in private practice of the law for fifty-two years until his retirement in 2001.
John and his beloved wife, Ruth Anne (Carnes) Reed to whom he was married on January 22, 1949, made Uhrichsville their home, enjoying over fifty years of marriage until her passing on November 14, 1999. John was baptized in and a lifelong member of Uhrichsville 1st United Methodist Church where he was instrumental in the construction of the church’s fellowship hall, having served as an original member on its planning committee. He was also a life member of Uhrichsville Elks Lodge #424, Mystic Tie Lodge #194 F. & A. M., Tusco Rifle Club, Dennison Rotary Club, and the American Bar Association, and was a 50 year member of the Ohio Bar Association.
John and Ruth Anne are survived by two daughters, Barbara Thomas and her husband, Tom, of Montrose, Colo. and Jane Begley and her husband, Craig, of Dover; four grandsons, Todd A. Shaw of Gunnison, Colo., Michael R. Thomas and his wife, Amalia, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Reed W. Begley of St. Louis, Mo., and Carl A. Begley of Athens, O.; and two great grandchildren, Ethan Cameron Shaw and Elizabeth Ruth Anne Shaw.
John is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including special nieces and nephews, Diane Fisher and Joy Reed of Dover, Bradley Tippett and his wife, Karen, and Lee Tippett, III; sisters-in-law, Barbara Sue Hendershott and her husband, Jack, and Gretchen Tippett Murray; cousins, Priscilla Mohr and her husband, Tim, and Cristie Armstrong; and his beloved Carnes family members, as well as many dear friends.
The eldest of five boys, John was preceded in death by three brothers, George Robert Reed, Richard Foster Reed, and Theodore Lewis Reed; and a step brother, Lee Parsons Tippett. His maternal grandparents, John Brunner and Mary (Davis) Brunner; paternal grandparents, George Washington and Clara Murtland (Baker) Reed; and sisters-in-law, Jean Rhodes, Betty Gilmore, Dorothy Reed, and Marilyn Reed Fishley also preceded him in death, in addition to his parents and wife.
John loved working and playing in the woods “at the farm”, telling a good story, and sharing time with his friends. He was a loving father, teacher, and friend to his family who treasured him.
Services for John, officiated by Rev. John W. Clark, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home at Dennison. Interment will follow in Uhrichsville’s Union Cemetery with a military committal service. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Uhrichsville 1st United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed to his family by using the online registry at the funeral home’s website. R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc. (740) 922-1970 www.lindseyfh.com