BELOIT, Wis. — Clayton LeRoy Reed, 89, beloved husband, father and grandfather, of Beloit went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Azura Memory Care.
He was born March 21, 1928, in Viroqua, the son of Howard and Mathe (Williams) Reed. He served honorably with the U.S. Army National Guard in his early adulthood. Clayton married Alice L. Swenson Sept. 15, 1953, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Viroqua.
Clayton spent much of his life as a farmer, farming on his family farm as well as others until they moved to Clinton, Wis., where he continued farming on numerous farms. He also worked at Strasburgs, Beloit Corporation, and at OMC. Clayton was hard working, always there for his family, and was full of humor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing euchre. Clayton was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Alice, who he affectionately called “Doll,” of Beloit; six children, Larry (Jeannine) Reed of Ellicott City, Md., Lois (Jim) Keller of Clinton, Carolyn (Ed) Teague of Beloit, Chris (Joe) Berning of Galena, Ill., Alan (Alana) Reed of Janesville, Wis., and Cliff Reed of Beloit; 14 grandchildren, Alex, Brian, Michelle, Jacob, Alissa, Jason, Jenny, Kristin, Adam, Andy, Dixie, Kayla, Brittany, and Jessica; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Linda Kessler and Shirley Swenson; and brother, Paul Reed.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Howard Reed Jr. and Michael Reed; and a grandson, Jason.
The family would like to thank Azura Memory Care and Hospice for the tender loving care that they gave Clayton. We would also like to acknowledge Clayton’s care givers and the residents at Azura. They became an extended family. We will always be grateful. Clayton suffered from dementia for the last several years of his life. Dementia is a terrible disease that robs memory and steals from families. The family is thankful that it never robbed him of his tremendous sense of humor. Clayton was much loved and will be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be noon Monday, Sept. 11, in Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1531 Townline Ave., Beloit, with Pastor Dan Eddy officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery. Visitation of remembrance will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, in the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit. There will also be a visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service Monday in the church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.