Submitted by his son
Dad was with the Deer River Fire Department from 1981 until his death in 1990.
Dad was very active in the Deer River Community. During his lifetime‚ he served with many orgranizations and activities such as:
- Cub Scout Master
- Lions Club Member
- Deer River Pony League
- Football Coach (Green Team)
- Basketball Coach (Maroon Team)
- Baseball Coach
- Member of Deer River United Methodist Church
When Dad wasn’t working or volunteering with the many oranizations above he enjoyed many activities such as:
- Running / jogging
- Bow Hunting
- Deer Hunting
- Family activities
For the last 15 years of Dad’s life‚ he worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He also worked part time as a locksmith.
Dad is sadly missed in Northern Minnesota. At his funeral over 1‚100 people came to pay their final respects to him. His death shocked the community. At his funeral Deer River youth attended his funeral wearing the jersey of the teams he coached. The following fall‚ the Deer River football team wore the letter J on their helmets. A scholarship was established and is still awarded annually to a Deer River graduating Senior.
Dad is survived by Wife Barb Wilhelm – Spring Lake‚ Sons Brian Reed – Virginia‚ Darren Reed – Mankato. Brothers; Bill‚ Dick‚ Steven‚ Dale‚ Larry‚ Gene‚ Danny & Mark. Sister; Mary.
Dad will be forever missed by his family and friends.