Greenville mourns loss of community icon Bob Reed

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 8:48 am on Monday, March 18, 2013


GREENVILLE — Greenville community members are mourning the loss of a friend who spent his life caring and helping the people around him.

Bob Reed

Bob Reed, 53, of Greenville, died on Thursday after a courageous battle with cancer.

“I will miss him very dearly,” said long-time friend John Forton, who knew Reed for more than 40 years. “He was a good person.”

Forton said Reed was a genuine, caring and compassionate person who rose to every occasion that was asked of him.

“He was a special type of person — a genuine person,” Forton said. “He was a genuine friend.”

Reed’s parents, Ken and Kathy Reed, along with his wife, Lori Reed, said he loved all sports, especially golf and all University of Michigan sports.

He was on the board at the former Greenville Country Club and even served as its president for a term.

Reed was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Danish Festival and various sporting events at Greenville Public Schools.

Ken Reed talked about the time he and his son helped clear an area to build a new track at Greenville High School with other fathers and sons in the community.

“(Bob) loved the city of Greenville,” he said of his son. “You couldn’t pry him out of Greenville with a crowbar.”

Reed’s family said the word “no” was not in Bob’s vocabulary and he would help anyone who needed it.

Denise Gietzen knew Reed since kindergarten and that he was the one who always kept everyone together.

“A girl in our class would always call him ‘Mr. Greenville’,” Gietzen said of Reed.

She said one of Reed’s unique traits was the fact he could be involved with so many things because he got along with everyone and could make friends with anyone.

“(His passing) has left a void,” she said.

Lori Reed said her husband also helped out at his son’s track events to make sure everything went smoothly.

“He was a great dad,” she said.

Visitation for Reed will be held 5 to 8 p.m., today, at Marshall Funeral Home in Greenville. Funeral and committal services will be 11 a.m. on Monday at the First Congregational Church in Greenville.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Education Foundation of Greenville to provide scholarships for future graduates of Greenville High School.

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