Frank O’Hara Reed

August 21, 1926 ‒ October 07, 2007

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Frank O’Hara Reed, age 81, of Mount Gilead, went to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, October 7, 2007, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus following a battle with health issues that lasted many years.

He was born in Marion, Ohio, on August 21, 1926, the son of the late Clarence Arthur Reed and Helen Douglas Reed Ellinwood. Frank graduated from North Union High School.

In 1944, Frank did not want his brother to serve alone in the war, so he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age 17. A veteran of World War II, he served aboard the U.S.S Massachusetts as a Gunner’s Mate, where he operated a 5-inch deck gun and was responsible for shooting down two kamikaze planes during the War of the Pacific.

Upon returning from the war in 1946, he worked for a year at Jeffrey’s Manufacturing and drove truck for Merchant’s Transfer in Marion for four years. Later, he worked for Marion Metal Products for 19 years, where he completed the various projects they worked on. Lastly, he worked as the maintenance supervisor for Northmor School District for 21 years until he retired.

Frank was a member of the McKale’s Navy’s Breakfast Club, a group of Navy Veterans who told war stories, the V.F.W. Post 8054 and American Legion Post 710. In his most recent travels, Frank participated in an Honor flight to Washington D.C. for the World War II Memorial where we met and had a photograph taken with former Senator Bob Dole.

A man of deep faith, Frank has been a member of the Mt. Gilead Church of Christ since the early 1970’s and was formerly a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.

With a love for the outdoors, there was never a question where Frank would take his family for vacation……fishing. Whenever possible he and his family would go perch and walleye fishing at Lake Erie and Port Clinton, and they enjoyed countless fish fries with their catchings.

Having a unique artistic ability, Frank earned the nickname the “Phantom Artist of Iberia” as every day he would draw a new Disney scene for the children of Iberia School to enjoy.

Good with his hands, Frank learned the trade of carpentry from his grandfather, Arthur Ellsworth Reed. With his talents he often helped his family remodel their homes or would make them gifts for the holidays.

Never missing any details, Frank will forever be remembered for his story telling. He could talk for hours to anyone about his family history and his many war stories.

An avid genealogy historian, Frank was the vice president of the Morrow County Genealogy Association. In researching his family tree, he met a very distant relative, Shirley Billman, who he married on May 31, 1994, in Garland, Texas.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, two sons: Reginald (Vicki) Reed of Canyon City, Colorado, and Rick (Carolyn) Reed of North Robinson; one daughter: Penny (Robert) Brooke of Mount Gilead; two step-sons: Jeffrey (Melissa) Billman of Dallas, Texas, and Gregory (Sharlane) Billman of Spring, Texas; four step-daughters: Dianna (Roy) Morrison of Cleburne, Texas, Lori (Terry) Randolph of Heath, Texas, Traci (Keith) Drewery of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Janelle (David) Womack of Conroe, Texas; eight grandchildren: Jason Travis Brooke, Heather Lynn Brooke, Caleb O’Hara Reed, Sgt. Joshua Levi (Saundra) Reed who is serving his 2nd tour in Iraq, Taphath (Ben) Canon, Levi Daniel Reed, 1st Class Petty Officer Jamison Shane (Betty) Reed who is stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Matthew Wayne (Amy) Reed; 17 step-grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; two brothers: Truman (Barbara) Ellinwood, and Kenneth (Ethel) Ellinwood; three sisters: Marie Kingsley, Erma Jane Ratterman, and Rebecca (David) Doss, all five of Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 1st wife: Helen Jean Ireland Reed in 1975; 2nd wife: Marge Reed in 1989; grandson: Thomas Allen Brooke in 1990; two brothers: David Reed, and Ronald Ellinwood; and one sister: Charlotte Reed Wilson.

His family will greet friends on Thursday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Mt. Gilead Church of Christ, 322 Iberia St., Mt. Gilead, with Pastor Ken Boswell officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow at Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Humane Society of Morrow County, P.O. Box 235, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338, or to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, 1100 Dennison Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.

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