Daniel “Dan” Morris Reed, 92, of Gardner, Kan. passed away May 8, 2013 at Hoeger House in Olathe, Kan.
Dan was born Jan. 2, 1921 in Breckenridge, Mo. to George Crutchley and Beulah (Morris) Reed. He grew up in Breckenridge; graduating from Breckenridge High School in 1939. After graduation Dan attended National Radio School in La.
Dan was in the Army Signal Corp during World War II, setting up radio stations for three years.
He married Jerrine P. Renton on July 19, 1946 in Manhattan, Kan. They moved to Gardner in 1949.
Dan received his BS in Electrical Engineering from K-State and his Masters from KU. Dan worked as chief engineer for KPRS radio in Olathe for two years. He worked for Bendix/Honeywell for 35 years. He served 33 years as Fire Chief for Gardner’s Community Fire District Rural #1. After retiring from the fire department, he became a HAM radio operator with the call letters NØZIZ.
Dan was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gardner, president of the Santa Fe Trail radio club and was active with the Lanesfield and Ensor Museums. He was awarded the 2011 State of Kansas Radio Amateur of the Year award, a hobby he has enjoyed since 1993. He was also a Past President of the Gardner Lake Association.
Dan was a trained “Storm Spotter” and has been watching out for us for over 14 years. He will be dearly missed by family, friends and community.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Martha Caroline Clark.
Dan is survived by his wife, Jerrine, of the home; children, Mary Ann and David Miller, of Manhattan, Kan., Barbara Brown, of Stillwater, Okla., Thomas B. and Ying Ying Reed, of Shanghai, China, Daniel W. Reed, of Tarkio, Mo. and William G. and Judith Reed, of McKinney, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church, 138 E Shawnee, Gardner, KS. Burial will follow at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.