Neil Lester Reed, 90, of Ashville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Crestview Manor in Lancaster.
He was born June 4, 1926, in Bremen, to the late Earl and Mary (O’Conner) Reed.
He attended Madison Elementary School, then graduated from Walnut Township High School.
After graduation, he went in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Neil retired as an engineer from the former Columbus and Southern Electric Co. after over 39 years.
He was a lifelong farmer and had been on the Walnut Township Zoning Board for a number of years. He was also a member of Groveport Masonic Lodge.
He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Neil was preceded in death by daughters, Sharon Ann Reed and Jackie Lindsey; grandson, Matt Bastian; brothers, Kenneth, Harold and Howard; and sister, Mildred.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Helen Ruth (Noice) Reed; daughter, Donna J. Walters of Ashville; son, Steve Reed of Ashville; grandchildren, Josh (Candee) Crosby of Ashville, Robert Walters of Akron, Sarah (Ryan) Tipton of Columbus, Jeremy Reed of Columbus, Steve Perry of Columbus and Mike Bastian of North Carolina; a host of great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the Oliver-Cheek Funeral Home, 420 W. Main St., Ashville, with a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, with Rev. Floyd Hubbell officiating. Interment will follow in Reber Hill Cemetery with AMVETS Post 2256 Honor Guard.
Family request lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to FMC Foundation, Cancer Care Fund, 401 N. Ewing St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130.
Online condolences www.olivercheekfuneralhome.com.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal