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David Frederick Reed

January 1, 1966 - November 15, 2021
From: West Bend, WI | Originally: Spencer, IA
David Frederick Reed

David Frederick Reed

Born: January 1, 1966
Died: November 15, 2021
Age: 55

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     David Frederick Reed, the son of Ivan “Lou” & Mary Lou ( Johnson) Reed, was born January 1, 1966 in Spencer, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in Spencer, where he received his education, graduating from Spencer High School in 1984.  He later continued his education, graduating from Morningside College in 1988.  David attended Thunderbird International School of Business in Glendale, AZ, (suburb of Phoenix) where he received his Masters Degree in Business.  

     David was active with the band, choir and theatre at Spencer High School and during his senior year, he was selected to play trombone in the All State Band. He attended Morningside College, where he sang in the choir and played trombone in the band. David was active in the Cub and Boy Scouts and was awarded Eagle Scout at age 15 from Boy Scout Troop 123 in Spencer. While at Thunderbird, he attended summer school which included living with a Spanish speaking family in Mexico.

     David moved to Chicago, where he worked for Motorola for 20 years, as a buyer of parts. While living there, he became a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. David developed many close friends living in the Chicago area while attending Christ Church of Oakbrook and College Church of Wheaton.

     He loved to travel. Some of the places he visited while being a buyer was the United States, Mexico, China, Vietnam, Japan, Italy and England. He moved to West Bend, WI, for 10 years. His main job was working for John Deere as a buyer, this was the same type of job as he had with Motorola, which included travel to foreign countries.

     He belonged to toastmasters for many years. He organized a brand new club within the John Deere plant where he worked. He held a variety of offices on the local, regional and state levels. David played trombone in River City Irregulars, which is a band of about 50 musicians. The group is based in West Bend and they rehearse and perform year round. David loved mission trips and every year  for many years he went to Foreign Countries. He used his own money and his vacation time. He traveled with a small group to an organized established mission. He’s been to Russia 7 times, Ukraine 3 times, Czech Republic 3 times, Brazil and many others.

     David was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend, WI. He recently attended St. Andrews Lutheran Church playing in the Brass Group.

     He passed away at his home on Monday, November 15, 2021, in West Bend, WI, at the age of 55.

     Left to cherish his memory are his parents: Ivan “Lou” and Mary Lou Reed of Spencer; two sisters: Anne Marie Reed and Karen Reed of Cedar Falls, IA; other relatives and friends. 

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Funeral Services will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.

In order to keep everyone safe, the family requests that everyone who attends the service wear a mask and socially distance from each other.

The service will be livestreamed on our Facebook Page.
Pastor Gordon Watson
Mike Carlson
Keith Johnson
Roger Ingledue
Tom Nelson
John Harker
Glen Chenhall

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Organist - Teresa Ortman

"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"
"I Walk Today Where Jesus Walked"
By Bill Lauritzen
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 3:44 PM
“We met Dave at College Church where we both were involved in Music Ministry. My young sons, including one who also played trombone, always loved to talk to Dave. Dave always had a kind word for them which was extra special as they knew him as the a TV star—the host of “Trackside”. He always took time to talk trains with them and made a special point of asking them about which trains they had recently seen or visited. I always appreciated his kindness to these children to whom he remained always approachable with welcome smile and an engaging question. Please accept our condolences on your loss. I sure he is rejoicing in his permanent home. ”
- Brenda Peterson
Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 6:33 AM
“My husband and I are so saddened to learn of David's passing. We knew him when we all attended College Church in Wheaton. David was always upbeat and so pleasant to be around. We also interacted with him in the ISI (International Students, Inc) outreach to international students in the Chicago area. Please know we will pray for your family as you grieve, and we will certainly celebrate our reunion in Heaven on of these days!”
- Jane Sharka
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Dear Reed Family:

Sorry for you loss. Prayers and strength for your family. ”
- Carmen Lee
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 7:04 AM
“My sincere condolences on the loss of David. He had a great big smile and was kind to everyone. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. ”
- Jen Smith Vaughn
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 2:22 PM
“It seems like yesterday that I met Dave Reed in 1992. While we mourn his death, we can rejoice that he entered his eternal home last Monday. Not only will I miss conversing with him, but countless people will miss his company. Not only did I know Dave, but enjoyed the time I spent with his family - Lou, Mary Lou, Anne and Karen.
I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers !”
- Russ Wingfield
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:24 AM
“I directed the College Church choir while David was there. His friendly attitude and infectious smile always made me happy. I'm so sorry that you have been parted so soon.”
- Chuck King
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“Lou and Mary Lou, we are so sorry to hear the news about David. We send you are deepest sympathy. May God give you His comfort and peace during these difficult days.”
- Nat and Mariel Perry
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“I met David via his enthusiasm for Toastmasters, yet his service to God is what I will remember the most. David was a servant in the true sense of the word. Philippians 1:21 is the verse that immediately comes to mind when I think of David. He knew the purpose of his time here on earth. He will be greatly missed. The below link provides context for this verse.

- Tom Tryon
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“Dave - I’ll always remember running around Spencer with you over the holidays and being carefree when we were kids. I’m so glad you lived life under your terms, and you had many unique fulfilling experiences. So sorry you left too soon. God speed, Cuz”
- Wade
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 3:56 PM
“I met David through Toastmasters and worked with him during a charity event this past year. David was always ready to give his time to help others. He will be missed, but never forgotten. My condolences to David's family and friends.”
- Eric Young
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:35 PM
“I am so sad to hear of Dave‘s passing. He and I had many great times together in Chapter 1 and Pacesetters. Dave had a big smile and great laugh that will be sorely missed. We took a mission trip to Guatemala together and I witnessed firsthand his love of the Lord and service to others. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Reed family for the Lord’s comfort and healing in your lives.”
- Reid Bristow
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:55 AM
“So sorry to hear of David’s passing. I have many fond memories of growing up in Spencer with him - playing in the band, basketball, pizza and movies, the fair - and his visits with us after we moved to Minneapolis. I’ll always remember him as a warm and caring man with an enormous heart and wonderful sense of humor. I’ll miss him a lot. God bless you all. ”
- Scott Monkelien
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:55 AM
“Our deepest sympathies to David’s family. We will really miss having him as our neighbor. Christ is Risen!”
- Steve, Cindy, Nicholas, and Alexander Pierce
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:55 AM
“David was such a warm and friendly guy. He was generous with his time and his good nature was to be envied.
He was a great leader for me and will be missed. My husband died the day before you, dear David.
God Bless your family.”
- Gail Rust
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“Dave was an honorable and faithful man of God. He will be deeply missed by many.”
- Jen Pulins
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“Dave helped keep me cheerful during the many hot summer days we worked together clearing brush out of the ditches of Clay County. We played in the Spencer High School band and the Spencer Municipal Band together as well as numerous large group speech competitions. I remember the joy he took in making people happy. My prayers are with the Reed family as they mourn the loss of their son and brother.”
- Scott Woelber
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:54 PM
“Dave was the quintessential Toastmasters global ambassador, always with a ready smile, no matter what. A man of God with a good heart. He will be missed by many; I will miss my colleague and friend. (”
- Yvonne & Mike Dill
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:54 PM
“Dave was a very close and dear friend to me and later to my family as well. There are no words to express how sad I feel about Dave's passing. I just communicated with Dave last week and he was funny as usual. He was such positive and uplifting force in my life and he will be missed greatly..... Dave I hope you bring as my joy to God's Kingdom as you brought to my life and our lives. Rest in peace my good friend. ”
- Lee Duda with wife Hana, daughter Tereza and son Thomas
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:54 PM
“My deepest sympathies to you Lou and Mary Lou and your family. So very sorry for your son’s passing. You will be in my prayers. ”
- Carrie Nelson
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 4:43 PM
“David and I were friends from the Thunderbird group when he lived in Chicago and from Toastmasters in Milwaukee. He also attended the Spanish-speaking service with me at Elmbrook Church a few times as well as Greek Fest. He will be missed. ”
- Liz Pollock
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 2:44 PM
“Dave had a beautiful life. So blessed to have known him. What I knew of him he definitely served our Lord being the hands and feet we are called to be.

West Bend Community Band/RCI member”
- Lynnette Garbisch
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 2:44 PM
“Lou & Mary Lou -
The Morningside University community was saddened to learn of David's passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. We are proud to have played a small role in David's life and to call him a graduate of Morningside. We will miss David and want you to know that we are here for you. As you go through this difficult time, please remember you are so loved. God Bless you and your family. ”
- Mike Freeman
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 10:41 AM
“As a fellow musician, I had the honor of playing with Dave in three different musical groups over the past couple of years. We played our last gig together on November 7th at our church. He lived out his faith in all that he did, and he encouraged young (and old) individuals in their faith and musical pursuits. He was such a caring individual and will be missed dearly. His cactus tag on his trombone case was a fun conversation piece. I intend to find some that look like it to give to current and future bandmates in memory of him. He was always optimistic, energetic, positive, encouraging, and brought such joy to our groups. ”
- Stephanie Gutschmidt
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:27 AM
“I've known David for many years in Toastmasters. I worked closely with him in most of his district roles. I was happy to serve as a reference for him on many job applications over the years. His contribution to our organization, and the community, will be greatly missed.”
- Keith H Cumiskey
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:27 AM
“So sorry for your loss. As long-time neighbors of David we knew him as a caring kind man with a strong faith Our prayers are with all of you ”
- Larry and Donna Johnson
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:27 AM
“Lou & Mary Lou & Girls, I am so sorry to hear this. Sending my Deepest Sympathies to you all. Mary Jo”
- Mary Jo (Reed) Olthoff
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:26 AM
“My sincere condolences from a former team peer.”
- Joseph DiGiovanni
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:26 AM
“I had the honors of getting to know David during his time at John Deere. Given the fact that the both of us we're Bear and Cub fans daily conversations always kept us on our toes. He was a great guy and will surely be missed. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP. ”
- Craig Lesley
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:26 AM
“Sorry to hear about Dave’s passing I have not seen him since we graduated high school. Thoughts and prayers are with you his family.”
- Fayette Enger Butler
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:26 AM
“This caught me by surprise. I am deeply shocked and saddened by David's untimely death. In the time that I got to know him, he was a good friend and mentor; he was mentoring me on getting into Thunderbird School of Global Management. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family that he left behind. I feel that though he died before his time, I pray that we all see him in the second Advent of Christ. I will also promise him that I will get into Thunderbird School of Global Management as he also wished to see me get admitted into it as well. ”
- Joseph M. Domblesky
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM
“It was very special to have David as part of our St Andrew Lutheran Church Family. Our Prayers are with His Family in the difficult day ahead. Gods Blessings To you all. Rick & Linda Bruss”
- Rick & Linda Bruss
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM
“David was in my band at Morningside College, and we connect briefly when he was at Thunderbird, as I now each at Arizona State. He was a spirited man who had a true joy of life. This makes me very sad that he is gone, but I know that heaven gained an angel with a huge heart. ”
- Robert Spring
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM
“I am so sorry you have lost such a special man. I have so many fun memories from high school. Prayers to the family and friends.”
- Lisa Feddersen Dairy
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM
“Dear Reed Family, I am so sorry to hear of David's death. David was a kind friend. We visited in Chicago where we had a meal together downtown once. He will be missed--especially his spiritual encouragement. Beth”
- Beth Rawson Gould Kilpatrick
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:25 AM
“Prayers for the Reed Family. David was certainly an accomplished person with a desire to serve others.”
- Myra S Coover
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“Lou and Mary Lou, you have my sympathy in the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.”
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“I am very sorry to read about David. I have not seen him in years but it sounds like he has been a very busy guy, lots of traveling and much involved with music and Toastmasters. Thinking of you!!”
- Tom and Donna Malmgren
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends worldwide. Prayers of comfort are with you during this time.”
- Monique Chandler
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“Rest In Peace my fellow Toastmaster.”
- Shontina
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“As far as I know, David was a kind and sincere man. I am sure his soul is in heaven with eternal rest. I pray God gives the comfort to families during this difficult time.”
- Bob Kim
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“David (Dave) was a person who spread the Word of God through his faith in Jesus Christ and by serving the needs of the less fortunate wherever he traveled. I will miss our social visits when he passed through town to be with his friends. We both shared our love of playing and listening to music. Rest in peace.”
- Kerry McLaren
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“I sat next to Dave at John Deere Horicon Works for the 2 years I was a buyer. He and I were "cube quad mates". There was always the same 3 to 4 buyers there later in the evenings after most had gone home and we had to move to sensor activate the lights back on. Dave was incredibly welcoming to me, being new in the area and in the role. He got me plugged into Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and would frequently swap stories with me. Dave was an unknown mentor to me up until his last day at John Deere Horicon Works. When I heard of him leaving, I was sad but also was happy for him to move onto the next stage of his life as he deserved it. Rest in peace Dave. ”
- Jaclyn Robertson
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:23 AM
“As one of David’s team members at CNH, I’m so sorry to hear this sudden loss, please accept my heartfelt condolences. My heart goes out to you at this time of grief… ”
- Tony Huang
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 12:20 PM
“So sorry for your loss. David was a great guy, so kind and friendly from elementary thru high school. Rest In Peace David. ”
- Shelley Ahlers
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 10:48 AM
“I am very sorry for your loss. Dave was a recent employee with CNH Industrial, which is where I met him. I was also involved with him in Toastmasters. He was a very pleasant person. So sad that he is gone, but comforted that he is in a better place.”
- Laurie Showers
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 10:48 AM
“David will be greatly missed. I truly thought of him as my idol when I was growing up. I'll never forget the times he took me for a ride in his Jeep. We continued to stay in touch as adults including a couple of trips to the Chicago Auto Show. David has a true love of God and you could see it in the ways he lived his life. I have no doubt that we have another angel looking down on us from heaven. My love and prayers go out to the entire Reed family. This is a huge loss for those of us left on earth, but an even larger gain for heaven.”
- Kevin Johnson
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 10:48 AM
“Lou and Mary Lou, I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. He was always so positive and friendly. I enjoyed working with him at the Kiwanis fair stand. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Julie A Weaver
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 10:48 AM
“Dave contributed greatly to Toastmasters in WI and to our club in Menomonee Falls. Dave always had a positive approach and brought much laughter to our members & will be sorely missed.”
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“I have not seen Dave since high school but I am sure he will be missed. Surely he stayed a truly nice guy through his life and can now share the nice with The Lord. Sorry for your loss. ”
- Kevin Tully
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“Sorry to hear of the loss of David. We had reconnected at the last class reunion and have messaged each from time to time to see how each other was getting along. He was such a sweet and friendly guy. He will greatly missed. ”
- Karla Blum
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I appreciated Dave for his friendliness and willingness to engage in conversation. ”
- Karmen Woelber
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“David was a good friend while we were at Morningside - he challenged my thinking & made me laugh. He blessed all of us with his faith, his musical gifts & his heart for others. I am so sad to hear of his passing, and holding onto the fact that we WILL see him again one day. Praying for Dave’s family and all of us who knew & loved him.”
- Erica (Gunderson) Holloway
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“We are so very sad to hear about David. He was a great young man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Denny and Kaye Price. Keep the Faith ”
- Dennis and Kaye Price
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