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Gerald O. Reed Aug. 21, 1936 - March 22, 2009

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WILLMAR -- Gerald Owen Reed, 72, of Willmar died Sunday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar following an extended illness.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Vinje Lutheran Cemetery in Willmar.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice in Willmar.

He was born Aug. 21, 1936, in Willmar to Oswald and Geneva (Swenson) Reed. He graduated from Willmar High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Boxer until 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1958.

He married Carolyn Enger. He worked at Standard Lumber for a few years before working at the Kandiyohi County Highway Department. He retired in 1993.

He was a member of Senior Citizens.

He is survived by his wife; children: Debbie Walker of Willmar, Linda (and Steve) Elbert of Maple Grove and Michael (and Karla) Reed of Mishawaka, Ind.; five grandchildren; siblings: Bob (and Betty) Reed of Lakewood, Colo., Ivan (and Heather) Reed of Superior, Wis., and Patricia Moore of Las Vegas.

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