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Russel E. Reed 1915-2008

Mar 25, 2008

Funeral service for Russel E. Reed of Emmetsburg was Monday, March 24, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Steve Ellerbusch and the Rev. Luther Thoresen officiated.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Reed died Thursday, March 20, 2008, at the Ruthven Community Care Center. He was 92.

Russel Erie Reed was born Aug. 1, 1915, near Van Meter, the son of Willard and Ella (Goodsen) Reed. He attended country school in Dallas County, IA, and in 1928 Russel moved near Ruthven. He attended Ruthven High School and graduated in 1933.

On March 31, 1939, Russel Reed and Marie Normann were married in Van Meter. The couple farmed in Palo Alto County for many years.

Russel was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. He was also an active member of Highland Lodge in Ruthven. Russel served on the Lakeside Lutheran Home Board of Directors as well as the Ayrshire Elevator Board. He worked at the Great Oak Township polls during elections for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Marie of Emmetsburg; his children, Dale (Jean) Reed of Emmetsburg, Darrel (Nancy) Reed of Ayrshire, Arlene Baxter of Ayrshire and Roger (Angela) Reed of Ruthven; 15 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Sweet of Fort Dodge and Helen (Bill) Imes of Ruthven.

Mr. Reed was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Roger Baxter; and a great grandson, Trent Cummings.

Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com