Stanley Don Reed, aged 90, passed away Tuesday February 8th in Naples Florida. Formerly of McNabb, Illinois, Mr. Reed was the Principal and a teacher at John Swaney Elementary School from 1970 - 1991. He was born in Grafton West Virginia and Served in the United States Air Force. He married Verna Lee Carnahan in 1955.
Don was a dedicated gardener. He never met a plant he wouldn’t try to grow in the greenhouse he built from scratch. He even participated in a 1984 study on the effect of space on Tomato seeds, growing seeds that had been sent to space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Mr. Reed was an avid golfer and a member of the Edgewood Park Country Club Men’s league for years. He had a close knit group of fellow golfers who all played into their 80’s and 90’s. He and his wife Verna loved to travel and played golf in many states throughout the U.S., and even played a round in Australia during a 2011 trip.
Don was an active member of the McNabb United Methodist Church, and was a guest preacher for many years. He would often sing Hymns as he worked in his greenhouse and garden.
He was the king of “Dad Jokes” and lived to make others laugh. He could fix almost anything, claiming to be a master of “West Virginia Engineering”. He loved to cook and was a connoisseur of cheap Chardonnay.
Don Reed is survived by his Son Stan (Kim) Reed of Naples Florida, Son David (Michelle) Reed of Utica Illinois, Daughter Diana Reed of Hollywood Florida and Sister Barbara Stevens of Grafton West Virginia. He was the loving Grandfather of Vince, Miranda, Ashley, Cheryl, Jarrett and Abby. He had four great grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his wife Verna, his parents and brother.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the McNabb Methodist Church, McNabb. Rev. Mark Nowakowski will officiate. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, McNabb. Arrangements being made by Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville Illinois.
Contributions may be made to Putnam County Historical Society or Putnam County Schools.
Online condolences may be made to his family at www.dcfunerals.com
Putnam County Historical Society
P.O. Box 74, Hennepin IL 61327
Putnam County Schools