On August 5, 2022, David passed from Alzheimer's disease after a life well-lived.
David was born in Onalaska, WA, on September 12, 1936, the second of 12 children. The family moved frequently for employment relocating to South Bend, Fife, and Spanaway, WA, then to Chowchilla, CA, and finally landed in Orting, WA.
He excelled in school and was Valedictorian at the Dairyland Grade School in Chowchilla, CA and Salutatorian at Orting High School in Orting, WA. He left home at 16 years of age, working at Van Zanten's farm milking cows during his high school years. He then joined the US Marine Corps in 1955 where he received a meritorious promotion for his abilities in completing electronics school in the upper third of the class. He married Shirley Lundberg in 1956 and had 3 children.
He worked as a Ramp Serviceman for United Airlines at Sea-Tac, continued his career as Electronics Technician in missiles and radar at Mt. Rainier Ordnance Depot; then on to the Federal Administration in radar; and moved on to the General Services Administration as a Buildings Manager in Auburn, Spokane and Portland, OR. He took some time off in the early 1970s, traveled the Mexico Baja and through the southern US, bought a tavern (The Brick) in the north end of Tacoma, WA, married Roslynne Washington. He then returned to the FAA and switched to Real Estate and Logistics working in Seattle and Washington, DC.
An unfortunate exposure to arsenic in his yard in the north end of Tacoma interrupted his career in the early 1980's. He recovered to return to the FAA working in management and various programs in Anchorage, AK; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. He retired in 1995 and relocated to the Skokomish Indian Reservation with his wife, Roslynne. They purchased many acres, and he spent his last years working on the land and enjoying the view of the beautiful Hood Canal.
The family appreciates the assistance and excellent health care provided David by the medical professionals at the Skokomish Health Clinic, the University of Washington Senior Care Center, Providence Cardiology, Hackney Family Dentistry, Alpine Way, CareLinx, and Providence Hospice.
David was preceded by his father Karl, Sr., mother Lois, and brothers Tom and Leo Reed. He leaves behind his wife Roslynne of 48 years; sons Dale (Debbie) and Michael (Kim), and daughter Teri Reed, along with six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; brothers Roland (Rosemary), Karl, Jr.(Geri), Dan, Jerry, and John; and sisters Lois, Esther, Karen (Richard), and Donna (Gerard) Brilhante.
A service will be held at the Tahoma National Cemetery on August 31, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. followed up with a last birthday party for David at the Lucky Dog Casino North Fork on September 12th, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory - Shelton