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Glavis A. Reed

Feb 17, 2012 - Staff

Former Dubois resident Glavis A. Reed, 82, of La Grande, Ore., died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at his home in the care of his family.

A celebration of life for friends and family will be held at a later date.

Glavis A. Reed was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Bend, Ore., to Glavis "Montie" and Frances (Bilodeau) Reed. His early childhood was spent in Bend, Ore. In 1943, his family moved to Dufur, Ore., where he graduated from Dufur High School in 1947.

Mr. Reed enlisted and served one year with the U.S. Army Tank Corps as a tank driver and, after active duty, he served several years with the Oregon National Guard.

He married his high school sweetheart, Evalee McConnell, in May 1950. They were together for 61 years and raised four children.

Mr. Reed was a third generation logger, becoming a partner with his father in G.H. Reed and Son, operating in Dufur and La Grande, Ore.

In 1962, he moved to Dubois and formed Wind River Logging Company. He logged in the Rocky Mountains until returning to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1983. Mr. Reed retired because of health concerns but continued enjoying his love of logging through two more generations of family loggers. He also maintained an active interest in Blue Mountain Auto Parts, a family-owned business.

Mr. Reed is survived by his wife, Evalee; four children, Monte Reed, Jerry and Nancy Reed, Rick and Halli Reed, Lorna Reed Omann and Mark and honorary son Ed Frazer; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob Reed, and daughter-in-law, Laura Reed, Monte's wife.

Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice Services or Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850, which is in charge of arrangements.

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