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Clifford Reed

Clifford Eugene "Gene" Reed, son of Oscar & Loreen (Scadden) Reed, was born April 16, 1948 at Leon, Iowa. Gene grew up at Van Wert and Grand River. Gene knew how to work and had a steady job since he was 14. He graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1967.

Gene married the love of his life, Cathy Creveling, on June 29, 1969 at Wishard Chapel Church. Gene and Cathy lived at Kellerton for the next 9 years before moving to Ellston in 1978. Gene drove a truck before taking over his dad's plumbing and digging business. Cathy later joined him the business and they worked hard together. Gene and Cathy would later have a mowing business with Sky View Properties. Gene was a dedicated and loving husband to Cathy. They were best friends and were rarely apart from each other.

In addition to Cathy, Gene sincerely loved his family. His family was huge to him and his love for his children and grandchildren was evident and openly displayed. Gene loved, and was grateful for, his sons-in-law, Jim and Brad. Gene was a positive role model whether his health was good or not. He was ornery, always joking, and his "wicked-funny" humor kept everybody laughing around him. Gene's heart was full of gratitude and he will be remembered as the best patient a caregiver could ask for. Listening and dancing to country music was such a joy for Gene. He loved his western shows on T.V. and also enjoyed a game of pool. He served his community as mayor and serving on the city council up until this past January.

Gene passed away on July 22, 2016, while surrounded by the family he loved, at the Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston. Gene and his family will always be grateful to HCI Care Services in-home team of Barb Weeda, Marge Comer, Sarah Adamson, Tina Petersohm, Deanna Groves, and Terry Roberts. Gene's family thanks the nurses at the Hospice House in Creston who gave Gene tender care and the family will always be thankful for Curt Jones for his friendship.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sister Bonnie Ross; brothers-in-law Jackie Ross, Melvin Doolittle, Marion Stark, and Garey Creveling; and parents-in-law Wayne & Lovina Creveling.

Those who will treasure his memory and share his story include his loving wife Cathy of Ellston; children Gerri (Jim) Phelps of Des Moines, IA, Terri (Brad) Van Gelder of Creston, IA, David Reed of Ellston, IA; grandchildren Alec Phelps, Taylor Phelps, Bryce Phelps, Alison Van Gelder, Morgan Van Gelder; sisters Donna Stark of Kellerton, IA and Judy Doolittle of Kellerton, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

  • Open Viewing

    July 26, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    July 26, 2016
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    July 27, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Wednesday July 27 2016

    Ellston Cemetery

    Ellston, IA

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Cathy and family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Gene. We send our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

The families of Sheba Schlaikjer and Shawn Ulmer

Posted by Sheba and Shawn Schlaikjer - Dell Rapids, SD - Family   July 31, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Cathy & Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May the wonderful
memories you have of all the fun times in your family bring you peace and
comfort. The love of a good husband and father will be with you always as well
as the memory of Gene''s ready smile. Sympathy and love to all.

Posted by Raymond & Donna Shields - Diagonal, IA - Friend   July 27, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I grew up with Gene and he became a kind and wonderful man who loved his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.

Posted by Richard Ross - Loveland, CO - Family   July 25, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Cathy and family, May the good memories you have and share give you comfort during your time of loss. I will always remember the fun Gene and I had together test driving cars in Des Moines during the first responder convention and the many dances we enjoyed. Gene was very proud of his family. He often commented on how lucky he was to have two good son-in-laws. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to all of you.

Posted by Brenda Greenland and family - Tingley, IA   July 24, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We''re thinking of Gene''s family and know they have great memories of fun times together.

Posted by Nan& Ted Derscheid - Ellston, IA - Friend   July 24, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My Uncle that was a kid with us... playing hide and seek in the junk yard, getting up at 3am so I could go in the semi with you and you never turned us down for a dance. Your laugh was contagious and love of family sincere. From our sight you are gone in our hearts you live on. Rest in peace Uncle Gene.

Posted by Penni Hewlett - Iowa City, IA - Family   July 23, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Kathy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Gene''s passing. He was a special man that will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to you knowing the long road you have ahead of you trying to get your life whole. It takes a while. I am always just a phone call away. Prayers to you all.

Posted by Diane Case - Ellston, IA   July 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Gene, I can still hear that laugh of his! We had so many great times with you and Gene. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless!

Posted by Debbie Swanson - IA   July 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

You will be missed greatly. lots of great memories of you and Cathy. blessings to all who held you close to their hearts.

Posted by Denise Nelson - Burlington, IA - Family   July 22, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM