Kiowa, Kansas - Funeral service for Dewey Reed will be Saturday,September 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kiowa First Christian Church. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
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Dewey was born April 1, 1921, west of Alva, OK, near Ferry, OK. He passed away August 30, 2016, at Attica Long Term Care in Attica, KS, at the age of 95 years and 4 months. His father was Dennis Reed and his mother was Martha (Tidwell) Reed. Dewey was the oldest of six siblings.
At a young age, he and his Uncle Cecil left Oklahoma and ventured to Colorado looking for work. Following his heart, he returned to Oklahoma where he met the love of his life, Vergie Roots. They were married on November 9, 1941, in Alva, OK.
On July 11, 1942, Dewey was called to serve his country in World War II. Dewey started basic training at Camp Hale in Leadville, Colorado. He then went on to serve 3 years in Burma. There he took care of the Army's mules and horses.
When he returned to the states his first job was with the Merrill Ranch. Later he began working on the Z Bar Ranch and was there for over 50 years. Working and doctoring cattle, building fences, and breaking horses were among his many jobs.
Dewey and Vergie raised their children Duke, Trish, Steve, and Buddy Liggenstoffer. He loved his familiy but his wife was his whole world. He would sometimes sing "The Cattle Call" to Vergie and you could see the love in his eyes when he did.
Some of Dewey's passions in life were horses, greyhounds for hunting coyotes, fishing, family, and his friends. Dewey was loved and respected by many.
Those who preceded Dewey in death were his wife, Vergie; son, Duke; his parents, Dennis and Martha; sisters, Vonna and Wanda; brothers, Richard and Floyd.
Those left to cherish his memory include Patricia Ann Atkinson and husband, Eddie of Clever, Missouri, Steven Leon Reed and wife, Susie of Kiowa, Kansas, Buddy Liggenstoffer and wife, Carolyn of Kiowa, Kansas. Nine grandchildren include Duke Schupbach and wife Kelly, Jodie Payne and fiance Kevin Turpin, Kent Reed, Travis Reed, Trishell Lopez, Stephanie McCammon and husband, Jim, Dusty Reed and wife, Amanda, Audra Liggenstoffer, Buddy Liggenstoffer II and wife, Pattie. Five great-grandchildren include Bailey Zulkoski, Marshall McCammon, Emma Schupbach, John Schupbach, and Buddy Liggenstoffer III. Also left to cherish his memory are sister Margie King of Wilder, Idaho, and brother, Sonny Reed of Pierre, South Dakota.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Attica Long Term Care through Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.
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My deepest sympathy to the family of Dewey Reed. Anyone that knew Dewey will remember the warm smile he always met you with and so kind hearted.
Deweys sister Wanda Melkus was my aunt. Didn't learn of Deweys passing till today or I would have attended his funeral. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kent and the family.
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