Gerald Albert Reed, 94, of Funk, Nebraska

Courtesy/Nelson Bauer Funeral Home

Funeral Services for Gerald A. Reed will be conducted from the Fridhem Lutheran Church in Funk, Nebraska on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Darrel Wissmann and Reverend Bob Moritz officiating. Interment will be held in the Fridhem Lutheran Cemetery at Funk with Military Honors provided by the Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the United States Navy Military Honors Team. There will be a luncheon prior to services at 12:00 p.m. at the church.

Gerald Albert Reed, 94, of Funk, Nebraska, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at his home in Funk. Gerald was born on February 20, 1920 on a farm south of Beatrice, Nebraska, the youngest of six children born to Walter H. and Effie (Swett) Reed. He was baptized at First Christian Church in Beatrice. He attended country school through eighth grade and then attended Beatrice High School, graduating with the class of 1936.

After graduation, he worked for various farmers and then the H. E. Foster Grain Co at Ellis, Nebraska. At Ellis, he met his future bride, Blanch Fasnacht. He and Blanch were married in 1942 at Marysville, Kansas and to this union their daughter, Cheryll was born.

In September 1942, he volunteered for the US Navy, attending boot camp at Chicago Great Lakes Naval Station and was assigned to diesel school. He was sent to Coco Sola Submarine Base in the Panama Canal Zone and acquired the rank of Carpenter Mate. He was later assigned to the USS McKeen at Bremerton, Washington until his honorable discharge in 1945.

After his military service, he was employed by the Fuller Grain Co. at Byron, Nebraska, where his brother, Lester was manager. In 1946, he became manager of the Gilead Grain Company in Gilead, Nebraska. In 1951, they moved to Funk, where Gerald managed the Farmers Co-op Grain Co. and Blanch was the bookkeeper.

Gerald joined the Fridhem Lutheran Church in Funk in 1956. He served on the Funk Village Board, Funk Volunteer Fire Department, Fridhem Lutheran Church Council, the Phelps County Museum Board, was a member of the VFW and American Legion and worked with various other groups.

In 1982, he retired after 31 years managing the Co-op. Gerald enjoyed many hobbies and traveled to most of the states and several foreign countries. He collected antiques, with a special enjoyment of clocks; he also enjoyed rock hunting, carpentry work and wood carving. Gerald will be remembered for his humor and enjoyment of life.

Besides his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Blanch in 1994; sisters: Irene Reed at the age of 5, Doris Jantzen, and Myrle Miller; brother, Dale Reed and nephew, Gary Reed.

Left to cherish his memory, is his daughter, Cheryll Marr and her husband, Daniel of Hastings, Nebraska; one granddaughter, Andrea (Marr) Mellinger and her husband, Jeff Mellinger of Hastings; great-grandchildren: Megan and Joshua Mellinger of Hastings; brother, Lester Reed of Overland Park, Kansas; special friend, Shirley Boehmer of Funk; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Gerald's honor and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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