Clyde Eugene Reed, a resident of the Manor House in Seaford, passed away on Dec. 23, 2022. Clyde was born to the late St. Clair Ashby Reed and Mary Elizabeth (Hornbarger) Reed in Williamson, West Virginia on Dec. 17, 1922.
During World War II, Clyde served in the 27th Infantry Division band as a French horn player and drum major. During the battle of Saipan, he served as a litter bearer on the front lines, then served as a radio operator between divisions in Okinawa. After Japan surrendered, he garrisoned the town of Niigata, Japan until being rotated home.
Clyde graduated from pharmacy school at West Virginia University. He continued his education at the University of Maryland where he graduated as a dentist. He practiced dentistry in Baltimore for 30 years.
Clyde met the love of his life, LaVerne, and they married in 1957. They enjoyed each other’s company tremendously during their 63 years of marriage. At retirement, Clyde and LaVerne moved to Florida where they enjoyed many years filled with travel and adventure. Strong in faith, they both served their community by teaching young children the love of the Lord.
Clyde had many talents and interests. He read his Bible every day and enjoyed reading books about Christianity. He was talented at playing the trumpet and played regularly into his 90s. He was skilled in carpentry and gardening. He enjoyed boating and fishing. He also loved to travel. Together with his bride, they frequently enjoyed vacationing on cruise ships. Clyde loved living in and traveling to tropical climates. He was a Baltimore Orioles fan and enjoyed watching sports as well as westerns. He had a great sense of humor and will be missed by many.
In addition to his parents, Clyde was preceded in death by his loving wife, LaVerne. Clyde is loved and survived by his children, Robert Reed of Holladay, Tennessee and Cindy Blackwell of Seaford as well as his grandchildren, Troy Reed, Miriam Sullivan, Samuel Beard and Jack Blackwell.
A private interment will be held on Friday, Dec. 30 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Baltimore, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Clyde’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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