William (Bill) Marvin Reed

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

William (Bill) Marvin Reed, beloved husband of Bonnie Reed (Minton), loving father of Goldie Rogers (David), loving grandfather of Stacey Fox (Chris), loving great-grandfather of Lydia and Cooper, dear son of the late William Foley and Maude (Flora) Reed, uncle to Sharon Renard (Jeff), two great-nieces, and two great-nephews. He had a bonus child, Dr. Lon Tracy and family of Harrisonville.

Bill was born on May 20, 1936, in Pleasanton, Kan., where he was the oldest of four children. He went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family at Research Hospital at the age of 80. During the last week of his life he struggled with heart issues he couldn't overcome. Bill attended school in Metz, where he graduated on his birthday in 1954. He grew up in Bethel on a farm and remained there until he moved to Rich Hill in the mid-50s.

William married the love of his life, Bonnie, on May 15, 1956. To this union a daughter was born, Goldie Lucille. Bill worked for Eastland's until the mid-1960s, briefly for the city of Rich Hill and then he started Reed's Plumbing and Electric. He operated that for the next 40 years. You could easily say he was in nearly every house in town over the years or knew something about the house.

You could always find Bill at the local coffee shop every morning. He also enjoyed going to auctions over the years. He had a John Deere 435 tractor as well as a B that he loved to talk about.

He thought his world was complete when his granddaughter, Stacey, arrived. Little did he know, years down the road his heart would be complete after the arrival of Lydia and Cooper. They were his world. You would always see him at school picking them up or taking them to practice or anywhere they wanted to go. He rarely missed a school function that involved the kids. He was always ready to go whether it was going to a concert with his granddaughter, a trip to the mall, or taking the great-grandkids to Branson.

Something he held close to his heart was the Rich Hill Fourth of July. In his 80 years, he only missed one Fourth of July celebration. This year he will be in attendance, he will just be in a different seat amongst his friends in Heaven. We are certain the pie auction in Heaven has as many supporters as the one here.

William was on the Rich Hill Fire Department for 38 years. He was currently a deacon at the First Baptist Church where he has served for more than 20 years. If you knew him well you know he always had a story to share, or the latest events around town to tell, or he might just pick on you (like he picked on that girl in school). Everyone knew Bill Reed and he will be greatly missed by all.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, June 27, at Rich Hill First Baptist Church, with Pastor Tony Jones officiating. Interment was in Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill, Mo.

Arrangements are made by Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill.