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Richard G. “Dick” Reed

Richard G. “Dick” Reed, age 78, of Shelby, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at his home.


He was born May 20, 1936 in Shelby the son of the late Clarence Alvie and Ohma Elma (Waters) Reed. Dick was a 1954 Graduate of Shelby High School, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Ashland College and received a Master’s Degree in Administration from Bowling Green State University. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.


Dick began working at AMF in Shelby prior to attending college. After his college graduation he began his teaching career at Shelby City Schools where he taught typing, and record keeping. He was a highly respected teacher and coach – coaching JV and varsity football, basketball and track, serving with coaches Bill Wilkens, Don Monn, Bill Varble, Ron Stepsis, Howard Plocher. He finished a 31 year teaching career as Shelby’s Athletic Director, retiring in 1996.


He was a very active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Shelby where he was a member of the Vestry, taught Sunday school and was a lay reader. Church was a very important part of his life. He was President of the Shelby Cloverleaf Square Dance Club, was a member of Johnny Appleseed Wood Carvers Club and was Past President of Shelby Senior Center. He was the proud recipient of the Jess Rath Christian Service Award, Charles C.W. Williams Sixth Man Award and was inducted into the Shelby High School Hall of Fame. Dick’s grandchildren brought him great joy and attending their sporting events was his most important hobby.


He is survived by his wife: Judy (Brinson) Reed, whom he wed on December 17, 1960; a daughter:Tally (Bob) Delauder of Shelby; a son: Rick Reed of Westerville; 4 grandchildren: Reed Delauder, Brinson Delauder, McClellan “Ella” Delauder and Delaney Reed; a brother: James Reed of Shelby; 2 sisters-in-law: Elaine Reed of Shelby and Sara (Bill) Gregor of Michigan; a brother-in-law: Robert (Connie) Brinson of Shelby. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law: Donna and Ira Clabaugh; a brother: Ned Reed; a brother-in-law: Mark Brinson; and a sister-in-law: Mercedes “Mert” Reed.


Friends and family are welcome on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 10:30 AM by Father Daniel Orr. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to St. Mark’s Church, Shelby Athletic Boosters or HelpLine Ministries.To leave a condolence or to share a story with Dick’s family, please visit:







Memories & Condolence

  1. Kristin Goon says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss! What a wonderful example he was to our community! He will be missed for sure! Prayers to your family!
    Kristin (Dvorak) Goon & Family

  2. Tom Lewis says:

    Prayers to the family
    Coach Reed was my football coach in high school and one of the main reasons I am where I am today. I was blessed to have him. He always asked about my team.

  3. Mike Miller says:

    I was direct when I asked Mr. Reed why my father insisted I take typing. His answer was profound and one I marvel at yet today. He told me that my dad and he both felt that communications modalities would change in the future. Those with typing skills would be much better prepared to handle this in the business world. I later found that Mr. Reed and my dad talked the year prior during conferences.

    I have thought many, many times about Mr Reed, as I punched data decks for my computer programs in engineering school to word processing my graduate school papers, and now, starting a writing career.

    Mr. Reed was very insightful, but most of all he wanted the best for and out of every student. He accomplished this with ease and grace. This old world will greatly miss the Dick Reed(s) of the world, but I for one have been a much better person for knowing him. God bless you and a job well done.

  4. Allegra Andersen says:

    To Judy and family: Am sorry to hear of your loss. Dick was a great guy and it was wonderful to know him at St. Mark’s. May our papa God comfort you and your family in this time. Allegra

  5. Marita DeMarinis says:

    Dear Rick and Family.., my deepest condolences to you. Your dad was a great man!

  6. Jack Gray says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. I’m sorry I can’t be there Sunday. I’m out of state. Dick was an amazing man and a wonderful teacher. He will be missed greatly.

  7. Penny Ginter/Drake says:

    I remember Mr Reed, he was my typing teacher. He was a wonderful teacher and you could tell he enjoyed teaching and enjoyed his students. We def. could use more teachers like him today. So sorry for your loss. R.I.P Mr Reed and prayers for the family!

  8. Betty Hoover says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Dick was a great guy and will be sorely missed.

  9. Jenny Gwirtz Tiberi says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go to your family.

  10. Anita Filas says:

    Tally, Bob, Reed, Brinson & Ella:
    I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I had a very brief but nice conversation with him and your mom at Aunt Marty’s calling hours. What a beautiful obituary and tribute to your dad. Unfortunately, I can’t make it down for the service, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you celebrate his life and all the lives he touched.

  11. Frank and Linda Hicks says:

    So sorry for your lose. Dick was a wonderful person. I enjoyed working with him at the senior center. Our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Sylvia LeClair says:

    I have known the Reed family since I was a very little girl. They were quality people. Dick was such a kind heart. One of my favorite teachers. For all the surviving family and close friends, I don’t need to say you have lost a mountain of a man , you already know that. May you feel the comfort of having been a part of his legacy.

  13. Cheryl Pressley Kissel says:

    Such great memories of Mr. Reed. I loved going to his class. I always felt that no matter how many were in the classroom, he was there for me when I needed him.
    A few years ago I babysat for his great nephew Sam Reed. So I saw Mr. Reed at Sam’s birthday party. We sat talked for awhile. It was so good to see him and catch up.
    My condolences to his family.

  14. Crystal (Hoover) Browning says:

    I have such great memories of working with Mr. Reed in the high school athletic office. He was always encouraging, quick with a smile or laugh, and so kind to everyone! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  15. Edward Detillion says:

    Sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We are out of the state or we would be there with you. Love and prayers

  16. Shirley Fagan says:

    Judy, so sorry about your loss, prayers to you and your family. We know God only takes the best. Dick was a great guy, so glad to have known him.

  17. Chris & Barb Wilcox says:

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers. Loved talking with Dick, he always had a warm smile and had great stories.

  18. Susan Metzger says:

    Your family has my deepest condolences and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  19. Susan (Hoover) Rorabaugh says:

    As my own father turns 75 this month, I can’t imagine the loss all of you are facing. Any age is to young to die, to lose a spouse, a father, a grandfather. Mr. Reed will always be remembered, by any SHS graduate that knew him, for his wit, his smile and his kind words. I’m sorry for your loss.

  20. Jeff Ebersole says:

    My condolences to the Reed family during this tough time.

    Your husband, father and grandfather was a good man who led by example. As a teacher, coach and friend of the family I always looked up to him.

    God bless and remember all the happy times.

    -Jeff Ebersole ’84

  21. Ray and Linda Vermilya says:

    So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. We know he is with The Lord. We are out of state and cannot extend our condolences in person, but please know we are praying for you.

  22. Dot Brown says:

    To Judy & family: So sorry to hear about Dick. Will keep you in our prayers
    and know the Lord will wrap his Loving Arms around Dick, and you, and your family.
    Dick was one of us, the Class of 1954. Will miss him.

    Dottie Brown

  23. Lisa Sansome says:

    To Rick and Family……I am so sorry for your loss.

  24. Tom Moore says:

    My most heartfelt condolences to the Reed family. Life will never be the same for you now without him but know that he lives forever in your hearts. As a man of faith, you can be at peace knowing that he is well and never to suffer again. I live in Indianapolis and don’t get home much but this past fall, after losing my wife from a very long illness, I came home to see family and friends and was privileged to run into him at a football game. We reminisced of the good old days when I played for him in the late 70’s. Coach Reed was one of the finest men/coaches I’ve ever met. He was truly dedicated and passionate about his boys, “athletes.” He taught us to be men and descent human beings. Coach pushed us to always do our best and to hold our heads up in defeat. May you all find comfort and peace in this extremely difficult time. Your husband, father, grandfather was a great man. God bless you! Tom/Class of ’80

  25. Rev. Jim Humphrey says:

    My sympathy and condolences to all the Reed family. I have always been impressed with the deep and abiding spiritual presence in this family. God be with you and comfort you.
    Rev. Jim

  26. Joedy Studer says:

    Judy, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron and I enjoyed dancing with you and Dick. He will be missed!

  27. Jane Wetzel says:

    Judy, and Family
    My condolences to all of you, will keep you all in my prayers. Dick was surely a special friend to all of our 1954 Class, and it was nice working with Dick on Committees, he always had the interest for others, Our Class Reunions will never be the same without him, he had a special light within that shone brightly. He will be missed!
    Jane Wetzel/ Class of 54

  28. Ron & Cherri Carpenter says:

    Dear Judy & Family
    Dick was a joy to know. He was always positive and encouraging. I loved how he took Star under his wing to teach her round dancing. We enjoyed all the square dance trips we took with the traveling four couples, Ma (Fran) & Pa (Don) Haverfield, you & Dick, Chuck & Barb. Thank you for including us. We especially enjoyed the Hawaii trip and the Little People Skit. We were blessed to have Dick as a friend and club president. May the Lord comfort you at this time. Squaredancingly, Ron & Cherri Carpenter

  29. Felicia Willman says:

    To the entire family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Reed was my very best teacher in high school. He was always kind and generous. I am very blessed to have known him. I know he will be missed by many.

    Felicia Willman – Class of 1984

  30. Norma Nichols says:

    Like you I have know Dickinson for a long time as I took care of his after. He was so cheerful in all he did for the sports,for community he was always smiling. Sorry for his wife Judy his children you will miss but he always in your,hearts

  31. Walt Keib says:

    Good bye old friend! We will meet again on the other side. Judy and family you are in our prayers. May you be at peace knowing where he is. God bless.

  32. Leo and Bev Hartings says:

    With deepest sympathies

  33. Lynne Colton and Tanner Orr says:

    Shelby has lost a great man! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  34. Dr. Russ Pfahler says:

    So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Always loved to be around him at the Reed family “get togethers” in the ’50’s and ’60’s. Uncle Clarence was so proud of him, as were the rest of “us cousins”. He was my personal football hero, both as a player and a person, while I was growing up in Shelby in the ’50’s. Both my daughters loved Dick as a teacher, coach and AD at SHS in the early 80’s.

  35. Doug Gwinner says:

    To the Reed Family !

    Mr. Reed(Coach) was an amazing influence in my life. Dick always had some positive advice to give me when I needed to overcome adversity. As a family friend, neighbor, and church member with the Reed family those times growing up in Shelby were filled with great memories.
    I took many qualities from Dick in his approach to coaching and life, in providing many of those attributes within my own children. I am proud to say that I am blessed with having known Mr. Reed and his family.

    Doug Gwinner & Family

  36. Sara Clark says:

    My sympathies to Judy and all the Reeds. I will miss Dick’s laugh. It reminded me of Ned’s laughter. Dick will be missed, but I know there is a lot of laughter in heaven. Sara

  37. Kim & June Heuberger says:

    Judy, Our thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family in your loss.

  38. Bill & Joan Sexton says:

    Judy Reed & Family:

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Dick Reed. Joan’s dad, Bill Robertson, Sr., worked at the Tuby Hot Mill with Clarence (“Reedy”). She has many fond memories of the Reed family while growing up in the Auburn and Marvin Ave. area. Dick would always stop to say hello and was always ready with a hug. He will be missed a lot.

  39. Julie and ken Ensman says:

    We are so sorry that we were out of town and couldn’t make Mr. Reeds services. Know what you are going through and wish we could take your pain away! Such a wonderful person! Active in our community, full of integrity, and put God and his family first… notch man! He will be missed by many!
    Ken and Julie Ensman

  40. BILL RICHERT says:

    Dear Judy, So sorry to hear of the passing of Dick. It seems like yesterday that I saw you both at Ned’s funeral. I also did not know of the passing of your brother Mark. My condolences to you and your family.

  41. Ked & Deb Varble says:

    Prayers to Judy and the family. Coach/Dick was an old neighbor, teacher and coach who I thoroughly enjoyed. He got the best out of me in the classroom and on the field and will be missed by all. He is one of Shelby’s finest.

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