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Owen Reed

Owen Warren Reed

Friday, November 17th, 1939 - Saturday, May 9th, 2020
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Obituary

Owen Warren ( O.W. ) Reed, age 80 years, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
He was born in Roanoke, Virginia, a son of the late Camden G. Reed and Nellie Updike Reed having grown up in the Garden City area of Roanoke and was a 1959 graduate of Jefferson Senior High School. O.W. retired from General Electric after 37 years of service and was known to be able to fix anything and had his own appliance shop in addition to his working at GE. He was a great friend to many and was also known for his calming demeanor.
Family meant everything to O.W. and he was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and neighbor.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Judith S. Reed. His three children, Carol R. McGuire, Mark W. Reed, and Julie R. Pietrzyk. His 13 grandchildren, Kelly, Nick, Spencer, Katie, Jessica, Jim, Hannah, Solona, Emry, Riley, Benson, Adler and Lane. And 15 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Wallace (Gene) Reed. He is also survived by his brothers, Earl Reed, Glenn Reed, and Jimmy Reed as well as two sisters, Shirley Reed Pinson and Nancy Reed Flowers.
He also had numerous nieces, nephews and many other loving relatives and friends.
A graveside funeral service will be conducted at noon on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Evergreen Burial Park with the Rev. C. Nelson Harris officiating. Due to the current COVID -19 situation, social distancing guidelines will be observed.
Arrangements are by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel (540-982-2100). Online condolences may be expressed to Owen’s family by visiting www.oakeys.com.
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Mary Rickett

Posted at 08:22pm
Judy, Carol, Mark, Julie & Family, All of you are in my thoughts in prayers in the passing of Owen. May God bless all of you with comfort & peace & ease your pain & sorrow. Mary Brady Rickett
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Phil McNeish

Posted at 07:58pm
We live across the back lane from Owen and Judy. We are Phil and Julie McNeish. We’ve got the tall white fence around our yard to keep our dogs from terrorizing the neighborhood:-) I had many backyard chats With Owen as he walked Bella outside. He was a very sweet man. What struck us the most in the last months of his life was how Owen was never alone. There were always sons, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren at the house. Although Owen was slipping away, the house was full of life and love. I didn’t think there were still families that cherished and respected the older members of their families so! The family was in and out of the house, working in the yard, playing instruments on the back porch, drinking adult beverages and laughing and singing. The family was going to lose Owen but they were going to be there with him for the whole journey. All Julie and I can say to the family at this point is ‘Well done. You are an inspiration to us all. You’ve shown us what family is all about. Owen would be proud.’
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Nancy Gatchell

Posted at 11:51am
OW was truly one of a kind. Friend to all & a great father to all his family as well as many others who needed his support & guidance.. His selfless deeds were many, with no recognition or thanks required. He was always there for you & could be counted on for help & Mr Fix It in any situation or crisis! His loss will create a massive void in so many lives❤️ Nancy Adkins Gatchell, Florida
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