Ralph Leroy Reed Sr

Alton | Wednesday, May 18 2011

Ralph Leroy Reed Sr., 76, died at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Born September 27, 1934 in Springfield, MO, he was the son of Everett and Ethel (Heisten) Reed.  Mr. Reed graduated from Ironton, Missouri High School.  He retired from Laclede Steel as a foreman in 1988 after 33 years of service.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and farming.  He especially loved family time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.  In 1978 he married the former Donna Stewart in Brighton.  She survives.  Also surviving is a daughter, JoAnn Reed Sheehey and her husband Brian of Rocklin, CA, two sons, Lee Reed and his wife Terry of O’Fallon, MO, and Randy Reed and his significant other, Bobbi Walton of Jenosha, WI, six grandchildren, Andrea Reed Filla and her husband B.J., Matthew Lee Reed, Bruce Sheehey, Josie Sheehey Popescu and her husband Adrian, Brett Sheehey and his wife Kori, and Ashley Reed, two great grandchildren, Benjamin Samuel Filla, Rainey Reed, and Levi Reed Filla to be born in August, two sisters, Mildred Adam of Carlinville, IL, and Mary Williams of Cedar Hill, MO, as well as several nieces, nephews, friends and good neighbors.  He was preceded in death by three brothers, Sherman, Herbert, and Marvin Reed.  Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Gent Funeral Home in Alton.  Pastor Ronnie McKinney will officiate.  Burial will be private.  The family requests no flowers.  Memorials may be made to the Fosterburg Fire Protection District, Alton Memorial Ambulance Service, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 
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