Gerald Reed

Died: Sun., Jun. 4, 2017

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Sun., Jun. 11, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Jun. 12, 2017
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Gerald W. Reed died on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at his home.  A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton’s chapel at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be on June 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at the Athena Cemetery.  A reception at The Eagles Lodge on South Main.


Gerald was born on November 9, 1930 to Charles & Celine Krueger Reed. He was raised at Thorn Hollow by his Aunt Stella Canthrell.  He attended school at Thorn Hollow, Pendleton, and Jefferson High School in Portland and graduated at Clark County High School in Dubois, Idaho.

Returning back to Thorn Hollow he worked at Sigmans Food Store, Philips Flower Garden and Zigmans Flowers.

Gerald got involved in politics working in Umatilla County, he worked for John Kennedy’s run for President.  He also ran against Stanford Hansell for Oregon House.

He moved to Portland working at many different jobs.  He managed Taverns for five different people becoming part owner of one while he leased the Meacham Tavern and owned Jerry’s Meacham Lodge.  At Meacham, he was an avid winter sports enthusiast using many hours during the winter snowmobiling.  Returning home from Portland he became active in Tribal government serving on various committees.  He was co-chair Elders Committee of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest for ten years. He was a member of the Eagles, serving two times as President in Portland, Chair of Region, President of the Oregon State, and President of the Past President Association.  The most honor was being chosen Oregon Eagles Father of the Year.

He became interested in his family history and became a board member of the French Town Historical Foundation.

He is survived by Sisters Barbara Maximovich, Carolyn Ramsauer and Dianna Yeagen; two daughters; Dixie Stecha and Donna Yeske; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, uncles and Aunt.

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Maria Flores-Wilson
   Posted Fri June 09, 2017


Barbara, my deepest condolences on the passing of your Brother, Gerald. He was very fortunate to have such a caring and loving sister like you. Love, your friend, Maria Flores-Wilson

Clifford Stanger
   Posted Tue June 13, 2017
Great person to work with, very up front and in tune with politics, a lot of good stories I have learned from... Snowflake the cat will be taking care of my ol' friend and may the heavens shine down on your garden. You will be missed, much love and prayers the family.

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