May 1, 2013 - StaffVance Reed, of Riverton, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He was 44 years old.
Cremation has taken place. The family will have a fried chicken potluck at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Lander Northside Park. It is open to friends and family.
Vance Sheridan Reed was born April 12, 1969, in Lander, the son of Larry Orville Reed and Delylah Cleo (Adams) Felton. He grew up in Lander and attended school there. During his early 20s, he traveled extensively for work. He ended up settling in Montana, where he received his GED, then returned to Wyoming to take care of his family.
He worked with NuWay Catering while in high school and was a karaoke DJ, a heavy equipment operator, a cook, an EMT and a kitchen manager for a nursing facility.
He was of the Christian faith.
His family said he took great pride in his high school wrestling career, and he later coached as an adult. He loved cooking and hunting, and his pool league considered him to be a shark. He sang for his church congregation and enjoyed performing all varieties of karaoke music. His family said he was always the life of the party and encouraged everyone else to join.
He was very proud of his children, and they said he would give his last dollar to help someone else.
He is survived by his daughters, Ashley Reed, Jennifer Reed and Elizabeth Reed; sons Vance Sebastian Reed and Christian Reed; grandson Cooper Uhl; mother Delylah Felton; brother Shane Reed; sisters Becky Reed and DeAnna Dupea; nephews Justin Reed and Josh Dupea; and nieces Megan Reed and Gina Reed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Reed; stepmother Sandy Reed; and infant daughter Ariel Leanne Reed.
The family asks that donations be made to the family to help with funeral expenses. There will be a basket for donations at the gathering in Lander, or donations can be mailed to Ashley Reed at 2307 W. Foothills Drive, Missoula, MT 59803.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.