Claremore Daily Progress


January 30, 2013

Bert Elmore Reed

CLAREMORE — Bert Elmore Reed, of Claremore, Oklahoma, went to be with the Lord in peace on Jan. 27, 2013, surrounded by his family.  Bert was born on Nov. 28, 1930, in Carthage, Missouri, to Louis and Margie Reed.  It was in Carthage that he received his education, graduating from Carthage High School in 1949.  

He leaves behind his wife, Mary Reed, whom he adored, along with five children.  Bert and Mary were married for 45 years, and he always said that she was a very good woman.  He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

Bert’s children include a daughter, Bambi Riebesel and husband Karsten Riebesel of Mobile, Alabama, Tim Reed and wife Cathy Reed, of Joplin, Missouri, Brenda Reed Youngblood Buckner and husband Tom Buckner, of Joplin, Missouri, Christina Quinton and husband Terry Quinton, of Claremore, Oklahoma, and Tommy Reed and wife Shellie Reed of Harrah, Oklahoma.  

His grandchildren include, Ben Riebesel and wife Jennifer Andrews Riebesel, Jodie Sutton and husband Greg Sutton, Misty Reed, Timmy Reed, Toby Buckner and wife Amy Buckner, Joshua Buckner and wife Kendra Buckner, Mackenzie Buckner, Kelsey Powell and husband Benjamin Powell, Terry Hayden Quinton, Macy Quinton, Austin Reed, Cari and Sam Wilson, and Brittany Reed.  His great grandchildren are Aiden Riebesel, Morgan Sutton, Madison Buckner, Kaydence Rowley, Addyson Powell, Shea Powell, and Arianna Reed.  Bert is preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Devon Reed.

Dad’s passion was fishing, sports, and visiting with his family.  He also loved his dogs.  His children remember traveling around the country, with his family in tow, because their dad was always up for an adventure.  They joked about taking baths in the ocean, recalling a lot of fun and laughs along the way.  Once, while traveling in a U-Haul truck on Halloween night, the kids went trick or treating at various small towns along the way.  That was the fun of being in this family, and having him for a dad.  The last place he finally came to was Oklahoma in 1977, and he stayed here for the remainder of his life.

Bert served a short time in the Army during the Korean War, and was stationed in Germany.  He decided at a young age, that the aircraft industry was what he really wanted to do.  He worked at many different places in the aircraft industry, but finally retired from McDonald Douglas in 1983 as an inspector.  

He was a loving husband, dad, grandfather and friend.  Bert loved the Lord and he knew that he had an eternal home in heaven.  Although he will be missed greatly, we know we will see him in glory one fine day.  We also know, that there is a great reunion going on with all of his loved ones who have gone on before him.  Second Corinthians 5:1 says, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”


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