Leon Edward Reed 1938 ~ 2024


Leon Edward Reed was born February 8, 1938, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Herbert Elmer Reed and Eula Govie (Gales) Reed. On July 3rd, 2024, Leon went home to The Lord at age 86. Leon graduated from Leedey High School in Oklahoma, where his adult journey began at 17, with only $20 in his pocket. With $20 he traveled to Florence Oregon where he met his first wife Betty C Haskell. They were married on June 17th, 1956, where they had four daughters before divorce. Leon later remarried Dorene Alise (Strunk) Grace on August 11th, 1978. Together they celebrated 44 years of marriage, where Leon added to his family caring for Dorene’s daughter and son.

Leon was a talented jack of all trades. He worked many jobs from detailing cars, a millwright at the sawmills, owned his own service station, received his electrician license and became an electrician, owned the Reed Furniture store, farmed, a care giver, and a maintenance worker at Roger Mills County Courthouse. Leon and Dorene began their marriage in Heppner, Oregon where they both worked at a local sawmill and potato plant. They then moved to Leedey Oklahoma and lived on the Reed family homestead for 41 years. In October 2021 they moved to Cascade Locks, Oregon with their daughter and son-in-law (Debra and Dan).

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Doreen Reed, his parents; Herbert Elmer Reed and Eula Govie (Gales) Reed, grandchildren; Pamela Ferguison, James Sharp, and Michael Ferguison and great granddaughter Lilian Medina.

Leon grew a large and loving family who included Debra Reed-Sharp and Dan Sharp, Kathy (Reed) and Gene Bolin, Robbin (Reed) Ferguison, Meschelle (Grace) and Hal Whitaker, Clay and Lolita Grace, and Kimberly (Reed) and Colin Williams. He loved all 16 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. You will be missed by us all.

Services are planned for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 27th, 2024 at Cascade Locks Community Church (5 SW Benson Ave, Cascade Locks, OR 97014).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Visit www. AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.


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