Reed Sr., Bruce
Bruce Reed Sr., age 91, of Winona, Minnesota, crossed over at his home on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
Bruce was born on January 5, 1921, to Milton and Eva Reed in Montevideo, Minnesota.
On June 18, 1947, he was united in marriage to Grace M. Flanigan in the Parsonage at Central Methodist Church in Winona. They were married for 65 years.
Bruce’s military career began in Duluth, Minnesota, where he worked as a welder in the shipyards. He then enlisted in the United States Navy. After his honorable discharge, he began working for Allen Tree Service. In 1948, Bruce took a position with the City of Winona as the Superintendent of Parks, retiring after 38 years. He took great pride in Winona’s parks, especially the Rose Garden, which was designed by Bruce, and his good friend, Clay Rohrer. Bruce was an extremely hard worker, and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.
Bruce was a faithful member of McKinley Methodist Church, serving on all commissions, and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also affiliated with The Odd Fellows Commercial Travelers, YMCA Indian Guides and was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #9.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Grace of 65 years; five sons: Bruce Jr. (Linda), John (Helene), Tom (Julie Kulas), Jim, and Tim (Bonnie Swenson); Eight grandchildren: Kyle, Dustin (Lindsey), Lindsey Posey (Mike), Nicholas (Tressa), Kale (Gretchen), Luke (Katy), Cassie, and Molly; great-grandchildren: Cole and Mackenzie Reed; step grandchildren: Tim Buckland; and Shanda Krage (Nate), Step great- grandchildren: Colin and Ayden Krage, very special nieces: Susan Gorsetmen (Kurt); and Chelsea Felman, surrogate grandson, Adam Gorsetman, surrogate granddaughter, Angela Gorsetman; other extended family and many friends.
Bruce was preceded in death by his son, Dennis, his parents, and sister, Geraldine Holmgren.
A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Winona, with Pastor Kathy Schuler officiating. Visitation will take place Saturday, October 27, from 2-5 p.m. at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home in Winona. A private family burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona. Full Military Rites at the church after the service will be provided by the American Legion Post #9.
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The family suggests memorials be directed to Veterans Memorial Park, Winona Hospice, or Winona Foundation.
The family extends a sincere thank you to Winona Hospice and Dr. Parker along with Maureen Sutton, Christine Oja, Katherine Huling, Shirley Mathis, and Bonnie Swenson for their compassionate care.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.