|Jerrol 'Jerry' Reed|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Friday, 01 March 2013 10:05|
Jerrol Alden Reed passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Bedford, Indiana, Jerry, as he was known to his friends, lived in Perrysburg for the past 30 years, retiring there after returning to the Toledo area from Philadelphia, where he worked as manager of Universal Carloading Company, a division of US Freight.
He was preceded by his wife, Julia Dziugas Reed, who died in 1994. Both were avid ballroom dancers, having met at the Willow Springs Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois in 1939, during the era of the big bands. They maintained their love of dancing throughout their lives, taking star turns on the dance floor at their retirement community in New Port Richey, Florida.
The couple were lifetime members of Riverby Golf Club, where Jerry continued to play golf and cards with his friends until last year. An ardent sportsman, he represented his age group at national tournaments of the Senior Olympics. Proud of his Indiana heritage, Jerry was also a devoted fan of the Indiana University basketball team. A regular "customer" at the Perrysburg Library, he often stayed up late at night reading the mysteries and thrillers the library staff had set aside for him.
After the passing of his wife, Jerry bought a keyboard and taught himself to play the piano. He had a wonderful voice and loved to sing the songs from the '30s and '40s. Jerry celebrated his 97th birthday at a party in Boston with his family last August, telling stories about life durng the Depression and singing songs of his favorite songwriter, Hoagy Carmichael.
He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Reed Shufro of Newton, Massachusetts, and Lavonne McKeown, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, son-in-law Steven Shufro of Newton, his dear friend, Lillian Kincaid of Perrysburg, his grandchildren, Brad McKeown and wife Samantha McKeown of San Ramon, California, Mollee McKeown of Wellesley, Matthew Shufro, Gwendolyn Shufro and husband Jonathan Bauer, and great-granddaughter, Julia Bauer, all of New York City.
Family and friends have gathered for stories and celebration of Jerry's life and the values that he imparted.
Internment will be at Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg.
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