Obituaries

Obituaries

Delbert F. Reed 1929 - 2008 Lawrence

Graveside services for Delbert F. Reed Jr., 79, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery.Mr. Reed died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.He was born May 9, 1929, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Delbert Sr. and Opal Mabery Reed. He attended and graduated from Lawrence schools. He served in the U.S. Army for two years.Mr. Reed worked for Stokely-Van Camp Inc. for 36 years and retired in 1986. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Mount Oread Aerie 309 in Lawrence. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.He married Elizabeth Mary “Betty” Reed on Dec. 16, 1954, in Miami, Okla. She died April 17, 2003.Mr. Reed also was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald and Raymond, and two sisters, Margie Vanderslice and Margaret Kennedy. Survivors include a son, Larry and wife Kathy, Lawrence; four daughters, Karen Erskin and husband Edward, Robin Reed, Patricia Davis and companion Russell Holladay, and Vickie Reed, all of Lawrence; a brother, George and wife Billie, Jefferson City, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Reed and Nina Reed; 10 grandchildren, Jamie, Dustin, Kristina, Lacy, Sean, Shawna, D.J., T.J., Travis and Katie; and six great-grandchildren, Lucas, Kash, Haley, Derrick, Cameron and Addison; and many nieces and nephews.Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit or Midland Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.