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Walter Raymond 'Curly' Reed Jr., 88

| June 14, 2022 11:30 AM

Walter Raymond “Curly” Reed Jr., 88, of Osburn, Idaho, beloved husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and lifelong resident of the Silver Valley, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side. Walter was born on Dec. 6, 1933, in Kellogg, Idaho, a son of the late Walter Reed Sr. and Elizabeth Ondes Reed.

Walter joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict as a senior at Kellogg High School and completed his schooling while in the service. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he married Joye M. Wright in 1955 in Superior, Mont. The couple was blessed with three children, Connie, Steven and Anna.

He worked many jobs throughout this life and was an excellent provider for his family. He was a lumberman, an insurance agent, but worked most of the time as a miner, something that he was very proud of. Walter enjoyed fishing, golf, hunting with his son, Steven, and tending to his large gardens where he raised beautiful tomatoes, green beans, onions and zucchini, among other vegetables. He was Gonzaga University’s No. 1 fan and never missed a basketball game on TV and always enjoyed college football.

In 1996, Walter dedicated his life to the Lord and was baptized. He and Joye were devoted and active members of the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Silverton, Idaho.

In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by his siblings, Colleen, Dorothy, Edsel (Bud), Carol and Bonnie.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 66 years, Joye Reed of Osburn; daughter Connie Ornelas of Wallace, Idaho; a son, Steven (Ronnie) Reed of Neosho, Mo.; and daughter Anna Saunders of Odenton, Md.; eight grandchildren, Jason, Nickolas, Trisha, Jamie, Amelia, Erica, Jacob and Zachary, 14 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Zach, Samantha, Kenny, Addison, Aerie, Emma, Kestyn, Mycah, Nova, Brielle, Caleb, Bryson, and soon to join the family (Nora); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends, and beloved family at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 504 W. Yellowstone Ave., Silverton. A celebration of Walter’s life will follow the memorial service at Gene Day Park in Osburn. Please bring a dish to share and a lawn chair.

In lieu of food or flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice or Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Silverton. The family wishes to express their special thanks to Hospice of North Idaho for all of their loving care and services.

Memories of Walter and messages of condolence may be sent to this family online at Shoshone Funeral Services, Kellogg, and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Silverton, are assisting the Reed family with arrangements.

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