Grant Reed

August 12, 2000 ‒ February 10, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Grant Reed, 18, of Bellville, won his final victory over M*CH*G*N because it can never hurt him again.  Grant gained his angel wings Sunday morning February 10, 2019 after passing peacefully with his parents and brother by his side.

The son of Troy and Denise (Rinehart) Reed, Grant was born August 12, 2000 in Mansfield.

Over the past 6 years and 9 months, with extraordinary bravery, Grant battled brain cancer.  “A man among men”, Grant inspired more people in the past 6 years than most do in a lifetime.  Through multiple surgeries, and countless chemotherapy treatments, Grant never felt sorry for himself.  He did the very best he could at living the life of a teenage boy.

A student at Clear Fork High School, Grant was a member of the National Honor Society.  He was a member of the Tech Team and served on student council.  He was honored to be a delegate for Buckeye Boys State serving as “City  Councilman of Balding City.”  Grant loved sports.  He had played goalie on the soccer team and for the past 3 years was the team manager for the Clear Fork football team.  Grant was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan, aptly naming the disease in which he fought to the very end M*CH*G*N.  One of many great honors bestowed on Grant was earning his very own Gold Pants from the legendary Archie Griffin.  He wore them proudly every game day.

Like nearly every teenage boy, Grant liked gaming.  He’d connect with his friends and play Call of Duty Zombies and WWE.

Some of Grant’s favorite times were spent laughing and joking with his family, preparing for parties and watching the game together.

Grant is survived by his parents Troy and Denise Reed of Bellville; brother Collin Reed of Bellville; his cat Buckeye; maternal grandparents Jack and Pam Rinehart of Findlay; paternal grandparents Robert  and Jane Reed of Bellville; maternal great grandfather Raymond Predmore of Galion and aunts and uncles Ben and Kathryn Rinehart, Shlomo and Amanda Haviv, and Tim and Tonya Guinther; cousins Ian, Wes, Brooke, Jarrod, Clara, Liam, Tyler, Tanner, and Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandmother Eleanor Predmore and paternal great grandparents Helen Patman, Grant Lennington, Mona Reed and Gerald and Lois Rinehart.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 2-8 pm at Storyside Church (541 St. Rt. 97 West, Bellville, Ohio 44813), where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 am.  Pastors Patrick Bailey and Chaplain Link Briggs will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.  The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the Reed family with funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Chance For Hope Foundation, may be made through the funeral home.

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  • We are so very, very sorry for you loss. We’ve been praying so many years for you all and will continue to do so. His legacy and your faithfulness through this will be a testimony for so many. Wtih Sympathy and Love- The Les Hollar Family




  • You all are loved and supported by the Valley, and Grant continues to inspire anyone that knows his story. We are so heartbroken for your family and share in the Valley’s sadness of Grant’s passing.

    All of our love,
    The Rubeck Family

  • Sending lots of love and prayers to Grant’s family. What a fight he gave and he won in the end ❤🙏 Fly with the Angels, Grant! You have the best seat in the house now to watch your beloved Buckeyes

  • Grant has been such an inspiration to everyone.. the positivity and smile he always kept will be solely missed.. Troy and Dee your faith in God through this journey has been nothing less then amazing.. I love the outlook that you always kept that God is and has always been in control.. our hearts are heavy for you but our souls are happy that Grant has gained his angel wings.. deepest prayers and sympathy..

    Jess (Coey), Luke & Hunter Hodge
    Kearstin and Kylee Swank

  • Praying that the abundance of love and support of your family and church will carry you through the coming days.
    It has been nearly 17 years since I lost my Lindsy to brain cancer. Life is never the same. I had love and support by family, church and friends. God will carry you through this time through them.

  • We are heartbroken to learn of Grant’s passing. What an incredible young man. Never complaining and always smiling. He left quite an impression. We will never forget him and his amazing family. Prayers for comfort and peace that passes understanding.

  • Dear Reed Family,
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I never met Grant or any of you but through facebook I have gotten to know you. You are all truly an inspiration! The fight Grant gave. The faith you all have and have shown is amazing! I know Grant may have been called home to heaven, but, he will live on through his story! May God Bless You All!

  • Although I have never met any of you in person I have followed his story through all of this I pray for all of you for peace and to know you have a very very special angel Thouughts and prayers for you all Xoxo

  • You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Losing a son or child is one of the most difficult trials of life, but remember that Grant is in a better place.
    Love and hugs fo you all.

  • Bob & Jane, thinking of you & your family at this difficult time. Hope you can find peace knowing Grant is no longer suffering. He sure fought it hard.

  • Thinking of your family at your time of loss. Your son was a great inspiration to so many people. Heaven has gained another Angel.

  • Our church prayed through the many months and were blessed to have Grant attend with his brother, Collin, and his parents Troy and Denise attend a service at our church, his mother providing a beautiful message for our congregation during worship. Continued prayers for this family and the remarkable journey they have shared with all of us. ONTARIO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

  • Denise and Family, I’m having trouble coming up with the right words to put here. I’m so sorry for your loss, but glad that Grant will never have to suffer again. I’ve never stopped thinking about him, and you, although I haven’t seen you since my Medcentral days. My deepest condolences,


  • Denise, Troy, & Collin – I am grateful to be one of the many people whose life was touched by Grant and your family. I feel honored to have walked by your side for part of this journey, celebrating the little (and big) milestones, laughing at Grant’s jokes, and shouldering the tough times too. Having touched so many, Grant leaves a big light in our world. Grant, I hope you’re hanging out with Ansley now. He can lay on your bed until you kick him off. Give him a hug for me, will ya? I send one to you and your family, with wishes for peace, and reminders that you are not alone.

  • Denise, Troy, and Collin,
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this incredibly difficult time. I never knew Grant but all the tributes prove that he was an awesome kid. May the memories you all made together be the comfort in such an awful time. Denise, all my love to you dear friend. May God bless all of you and wrap you in his tender embrace.

    Blessings to you all,

  • May God’s arms enfold you and give you strength. Grants smile and laughing eyes will be missed by so many of the people who have called him friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you .

  • I was a counselor at Buckeye Boy’s State who had the honor and privilege to live in the same city as Grant. He was the best delegate a man could ask for, and a true inspiration to the other young men. He knew how to make the whole room laugh, but he also knew hard work. I am sorry to read what happened. He will live on in our memories and lives. Thank you for allowing me to spend a week with your son.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. But getting to see Grant and his Dad on their way to Columbas and his smile always made my day. I worked the drive thru at McDonalds in Bellville. I moved to Alaska but always kept up with his story. Grant you made so many people glad to be a part of your life. We all Love You . Fly High Young Man

  • Tim and Tonya Guinther and family, I am so sorry to read this. Many prayers your way. He fought non- stop.
    Nancilee Gray

  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 is the resonant Word that keeps playing on my heart when I think of Grant’s courageous journey. Grant faithfully demonstrated his trust in Christ and His victory over death throughout this long-fought battle. What a beautiful testimony of faith to magnify the power of the living God now resting on you in Perfect healing–Perfect Peace! May this be God’s consolation for ALL those left to mourn your passing and celebrate your life. We can say, “God created Grant and that was SO good!”
    We extend our sincerest condolences and continue to lift all of you, Grant’s family and friends, as well as the entire grieving community in our prayers.

  • To all of the Reed Family,

    I heard of Grant’s story through the internet and want to say I’m sorry for your loss. Grant is a true wattior and inspired so many people including me. I pray for peace and comfort for your family.

    Aaron Strobel

  • I never had the honor to meet your extraordinary courageous and brave child. I came upon his story on FB and just the site of his picture touched my soul. By the end of the article, I was and still remain in tears. My youngest son will be 11 in June, and I can’t imagine the loss everyone is feeling right now. If someone as distant away as I am can feel the love for this child, those beside him were truly blessed! I know some people will say that he is in a better place now, that he is no longer suffering or in pain. In all honesty, I feel that the best of souls are called upon first to return, but I’m sure this child would have loved to stay longer under different circumstances. I hope you find peace and comfort in your hearts knowing he is now at rest. Much love from Parker, Colorado.

  • I am a friend of Jody Squires whom I met through the game Trivia Crack. We been conversing for about two years. I just read his obituary and it brought me to tears. We always ask why. I’ve done it myself. But in the Bible, Ecclesiastes it says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born , time to die, atime to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.
    Jodi, these are tough times for you now but we have to put our trust in the Lord.
    My deepest condolences to you and yours.

  • So sorry for your loss! We’ve been praying for Grant for years now. I didn’t really know him, but my nephew spoke very highly of him. He seemed like a really great friend.
    His battle has been won! I’ll be praying for you all as you navigate life without him.
    Jordan’s Aunt

  • I am very sorry for the loss of such a brave warrior and son. I didn’t know him but was touched by his story. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Grant, i love you buddy. I never met you,but you have my love. Sleep in the arms of Jesus who died for you. Love you man. I am so sorry you are not here with us.

  • To the Reed Family,
    We were so sorry to read about Grant. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Grant.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Our family attends North Bend Church of the Brethren in Butler. Our church has been praying for your family and I have been touched by all of you and how brave you have been in the face of such challenges. I pray that you know Grant is at peace and in the presence of his Saviour. I pray that you feel God’s loving arms around you at this difficult time.

  • Words alone will not fully express our condolences. May God wrap his arms around all that grieve. Continued prayers, support, and love.

    Aten -Littlton Family

  • Dear Denise, Troy and Collin,
    You have fought a long and difficult battle and have done so with grace and compassion, inspiring others and being steadfast in you dedication. I hope that the upcoming days can be spent reminiscing and treasuring memories. God bless you.
    Susan Palmer

  • So sorry for your loss
    . What a special angel heaven has recieved.May God wrap his arms around your family and comfort you in you time of sorrow.

  • Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. Knowing he is with our Heavenly Father and knowing you will see him again will , hopefully, bring you all peace❤ Thank you for sharing his story.

  • Reed family,

    I had the pleasure of knowing Grant and visited him when M*CH*G*N first tried to defeat him. I’ve thought about him often over the years and followed the story even after my move out of Bellville. My thoughts are with the Reed family, JTBFD and MFD.

  • To the entire Reed family we extend a long-distance hug and continue to Pray that you have peace. There is no tool available to measure the positive impact that Grant has had and will continue to have on thousands of people. God has that tool and has done His measuring.

  • I’m sorry for your loss…loss a cousin from this cancer it’s tough to beat ….my prayers are with you at this tough time… God bless you all ..Go Buckeyes

  • A Facebook friend of mine sent me the notification of Grants passing, you and your Family have my Husband’s and my deepest condolences on your Son’s passing. I do what it is like to lose a Family member to Cancer, I have lost several members of my Family to it. If it is feasible we will make a donation to the charity. May Our Heavenly Father comfort and guide you in this time of mourning. God Bless You.

    Carolyn and David Jones
    Durango, Colorado

  • Dear Bob and Jane and Reed Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. We are positive the angels have taken Grant with open arms and welcomed him into the gates of Heaven and he is smiling down on us. Hugs and
    kisses to all of you during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

  • Dear Bob and Jane and Reed Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. We are positive the angels have taken Grant with open arms and welcomed him into the gates of Heaven and he is smiling down on us. Hugs and
    kisses to all of you during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

  • As a loyal Mxchxgan football fan I will pass along my deepest condolences to you and your family. Your story has touched my heart and this is the only time I am Ok with losing. Thank God for a hero like Grant that can touch the hearts of complete strangers with his spirit and endless strength. I will hope one day that I can have the impact as he has had on me. For Grant, I’ll end with a one time only statement. Go BUCKS!

    Love from my family to yours. Know that were our here praying for you.

  • Denise-I am so very sorry for your loss of your son….I had recently been made aware of his cancer struggle. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days ahead. May God walk with you and your husband/son and bring you through this tragedy. Love-Kris Russell (Inbody/track buddy)

  • Troy, Denice, Collin, so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Grant from childcare. He was a wonderful boy. What a pleasure to know him and your family! God has him in his hands. God bless you!


  • I rode the bus with Grant, we shared some taste in music. He always had a saved homorable seat. The very back of the bus, yet the first drop off after school. I shared class with him. He never missed an assignment, never forgot to turn anything in, regardless what was going going on. He was a cool kid, he didn’t always talk a lot, but he was normal to me.

  • Troy and Denise:
    You and Grant have been an inspiration for many. The trials and tribulations you’ve faced over the years has made you stronger and many in the community stronger. While the reason is heartbreaking, God chose your family to help others and you rose to the challenge gracefully. I am thankful that God allowed our paths to cross because while life can be dark and challenging seeing your strength gives hope and encouragement to us. We hope you continue to have strength during this difficult time.

  • To Grant’s entire family,

    Our hearts are saddened at Grant’s passing. May God surround you with his love and hold you tight in His arms. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

    Randy and Joan Hubler

  • To the Reed family:

    We offer our sympathy at this time of sorrow. Grant and you- his family, have been such an inspiration to our community. We pray for your hearts to heal and be at peace.
    You all waged such a battle against the relentless brain cancer. Grant will see you again in heaven we know.

    (Dr) Robert and Nancy Snyder

  • Dear Denise, Troy & Collin,

    There are no words to express our deepest sympathy at the loss of Grant. We are thankful that Grant is at Peace and now resting in God’s Heavenly Kingdom.
    Our prayers will continue for your whole family, as you try to work through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

    With love & concern,
    Jim & Kim

  • Dear Reed Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Grant only once, but what I remember is his kind eyes and sweet smile. It sounds like that is how others remember him as well. I will be praying for all of you as you journey this path together.


  • I am so sorry to hear of Grant’s passing, and so glad to know that he is in so wonderful a place now. I also know you will be comforted by your faith. His spirit will live on both here and forever !
    With love from a childcare friend-Sharon R.

  • My sympathy to you, loving family:

    I’m sure Grant would have followed Mother and Father in band music, esp OSU to observe or to join. He certainly appeared to make use of every moment of his life so bravely.

    In Christian love,