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Melvin Edward Reed

May 4, 1932 — October 17, 2022

Funeral service for Melvin E. Reed will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2022, at Friendly Foyil Baptist Church, burial will follow at Wards Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Thursday, October 20 from 2pm-8pm, with family receiving visitors from 6pm-8pm. Melvin passed away at his home on Monday, October 17. He was 90.

Born May 4, 1932, at home, in Lincoln County, Oklahoma to Ralph Leonard and Aretta (Parker) Reed, he received his education from Foyil. Following high school graduation, Melvin enlistment in the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War. Melvin was highly decorated for his bravery during his time with the Army. He received the U.N. Service Medal for Korea, 2 Good Conduct Medals, an Infantry Badge, and the Purple Heart. When Melvin returned from his combat duties, he attended Oklahoma Military Academy for 2 years. On November 7, 1953, he married Elva "Marie" and the couple made their home in Claremore through the years and together raised 5 children.

When Melvin was not hard working, he enjoyed fishing, vacationing in Colorado and California visiting family, and singing. He also loved getting together with his family and friends.

Those family members that survive include his children Ronnie Reed and wife Becky, Kelvin Reed and wife Joyce, Kathy Miller and husband Joey, Vonda Woody and husband Chuck, and Dale Reed and wife Tabitha; 19 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; siblings Marvin Reed and wife Stella, Cletus Reed and wife Ruth, Linda Lee and husband Bill, and Bertha Dickens. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Marie Reed.

The family request that in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Melvin's church, Friendly Foyil Baptist Church, 12505 South Highway 66, Claremore, Oklahoma 74017.
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Thursday, October 20, 2022

2:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

MMS - Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service

102 W 5th St, Claremore, OK 74017

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