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Marvin Gene Reed

November 16, 1928 ~ July 10, 2019 (age 90)

Marvin Gene Reed

            Marvin loved his little poems, one of which was “The boy next door has pants that are new with pockets in front and behind is one too. If only my mother would buy me trousers like his, I wouldn’t always wonder where my handkerchief is” he often shared with his family. Marvin Gene Reed was born on November 16, 1928 to Carl Wayne and Ruth Beulah (Cleeton) Reed and passed away on July 10, 2019 at the age of 90. He lived most of his life in the Winigan community and was known to say “There might be a better place to live but I don’t know where it would be”.

            Marvin had a long and productive life. He graduated from Green City RI School and went to Northeast Missouri State University for approximately 2 years. He subsequently taught at Chaplin and Winigan schools before becoming a full time farmer. He married Carol Belva Harl on October 13, 1951 and they made their home briefly in Kirksville, MO before purchasing the farm north of Winigan where they lived for 33 years before moving to a house in Winigan across from the Christian church where they both belonged for their lifetimes. Declining health led them to move to Highland Crest Assisted Living in Kirksville, MO in 2017.

            Marvin was a lifelong member and leader in the Winigan 4H, participating in many projects and the Winigan community fair from its beginning in 1939 through 2017. He served the Winigan community board and was instrumental in many projects benefiting the community, including the planning of the community building, the planning and implementation of the Winigan Centennial celebration and Winigan celebration of the national bicentennial, the Sullivan County public water supply and the Sullivan County 911 system implementation and road naming system. He served on the water supply board for 15 years. Marvin was on the Price Cemetery board. He also served on the Green City RI school board for several years. He was a deacon, then elder in the Winigan Christian church where he also served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent many times through the years. He helped on many a church building project, from the construction of the church itself to additions and changes through the years. Marvin also played fast pitch softball, coaching a successful Winigan fast pitch softball team.

            He was the owner of Reed Oil Company, the local gas and service station in Winigan for 17 years, while still farming. The farm was his pride and joy, where he and Carol raised turkeys for years but the longest standing enterprise was the beef cow-calf operation, where he was known for raising good calves from cows that were fed and treated well. This operation is carried on by his son Monty and Monty’s son-in-law Rustin.

            Marvin was an avid fisherman in local ponds as well as on trips to Bennett Springs. He enjoyed woodworking as well, making items for Carol to paint as well as things such as quilt racks and various types of shelves used in the homes of his children and grandchildren.

            His happiest times were spent with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents and daughter Tamsy Jill (Reed) Sneed. He is survived by wife Carol Reed of the home, son Monty Harl Reed and daughter-in-law Joyce (McConnell) Reed of Winigan, granddaughter Carla Ann (Reed) Snyder and grandson-in-law Rustin Snyder with great-grandchildren Harper Jill Snyder and Reed William Snyder who live on the site of Marvin and Carol’s original farm, and daughter Pamela Joy Reed of Perkasie, PA.

Funeral service for Marvin will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Green City. Burial will follow at the Price Cemetery in Winigan, Missouri. A visitation is scheduled for one hour prior to the service, starting at 10:00 AM at the funeral home.

            Memorial contributions are suggested to the Price Cemetery.

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