Lawrence L. Reed
November 4, 1921-January 30, 2016
My sweet father in law passed away in his sleep this weekend. You all remember him as Grandpa Larry. We moved him up to live near us when his wife passed away nearly five years ago, and we were so fortunate to have him close by. As his dementia became more severe, it was increasingly difficult for us to care for him, and the decision was made to have him move into a memory care facility. His essential sweetness of character was his trademark to the end, which made him very popular indeed with his caregivers.
Larry was a proud veteran of World War II, where he served in the US Navy. He was known for his ever present baseball cap, proclaiming his service and the branch of the military he served in. After his wartime sacrifice, he went to college on the GI Bill, and earned a PhD in Microbiology from Michigan State. He held many prestigious positions over the years, and participated in several US Space Research programs for NASA. When he retired, he was able to live comfortably and do some much anticipated traveling with his wife. He loved photography, particularly landscapes and outdoor scenes.
He was intelligent, but more than that he was kind. Kind and generous and giving to his family. I swear my daughter Sara never would have made it through high school without him tutoring her in math several times a week. He gave so much more than he took. He helped us out financially when we needed it, but more importantly, he gave us his time. He was always there for us, his good natured, slow talking, patient self. He was someone to look up to, and I can say without a doubt that he never let us down or disappointed us in any way. Through good times and bad, he was a constant presence of stability and support. He was a man of good character and integrity. He was someone to look up to.
In his final two years of life, he wasn't able to talk to us, but we knew by the expression of delight in his eyes when we came to visit, that he knew we were his people and that we loved him. He was a fine man, and lived a good life. He will be very much missed.