Danny R. Reed, 74, of Amherst, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at New Life Hospice Center of Lorain, following a brief illness. Dan was born September 3, 1939 in Wayland, Kentucky, before moving to Lorain. Amherst has been his home since 1977.
Dan graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. Degree in Biology and went on to Central Michigan University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He began his career as the Administrative Director of Laboratories at St. Joseph Hospital for 20 years. After that, Dan worked for the Lorain County Health Department as a sanitation for 14 years.
He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army state side as a laboratory technologist at William Beaumont Army Hospital, El Paso, Texas. He enjoyed a variety of pastimes including fishing, hunting, boating, and flying. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church for 32 year where he served in a variety of ministries. In grateful response to the free gift of salvation offered through the gift of God’s Son, Dan could always be found serving in some capacity at whatever church he was attending at the time whether it be as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, usher, song leader, or committee member. He was truly humbled by God’s hand upon his life and took every opportunity to share with those he came in contact that God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sin and that we could join Him in Heaven some day if we only by faith accepted this free gift.
Of all the works given to Dan by God to invest in nothing was more important to him than the roles he fulfilled as husband, father and grandfather. He treasured his time spent growing his sons into godly men and being a mentor to his grandchildren whom he loved very much. He especially loved spending time in his retirement years traveling with the love of his life Nancy, on adventures out west and to Southern states.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 50 years, Nancy Reed (nee Casper); his sons, Daniel B. (Roshanee) Reed of Ashland and Scott A. (Juliet) Reed of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren; and his brother, Ralph (Barbara) Reed of Lorain.
Dan was preceded in death by his infant grandson, Cole Reed; and his parents,Virgil and Helen Reed (nee Lyons).
Friends may call Monday, April 28, 2014 from 4 to 8 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11 A.M. at Faith Baptist Church, 440 N. Lake St., Amherst. The Rev. Michael Plog and Rev. Michael Weaver will co-officiate. Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Campus Crusade for Christ CRU, Attn: Contributions - Blair Cook acct. #2762704, International School Project, P.O. Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222.
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