Royce Bradford Reed
July 29, 1923 - September 20, 2011
July 29, 1923 - Sept. 20, 2011
KEENE — Royce Bradford Reed, 88, of Keene, N.Y., died Sept. 20, 2011, at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, with his family at his side, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born July 29, 1923 in Keene, N.Y. the son of Benton and May (McFarland) Reed.
Mr. Reed was a graduate of Keene Central School in 1943 and was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. He served on the European front, serving in Company D, 335th Infantry, first as a general clerk and later as a court martial clerk throughout 1943-1946. After an honorable discharge in 1946 he returned to Keene and worked a number of construction jobs. He married his wife Argenta LeClair in 1953, and together they had two children, Paula and Bruce.
Mr. Reed worked for the construction firms Torrington Construction and Lane Construction for many years as an operating engineer, and was part of the many highway expansion projects under President Eisenhower in the 1960s, including the building of the Palisades Parkway and the New York State Thruway.
Later, in his retirement, Mr. Reed enjoyed gardening, genealogy, reading, and caring for his grandchildren.
He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Argenta; his daughter Paula and her husband, David McDonough, of Keene Valley; his son Bruce B. Reed and his wife Carol, of Keene Valley; his brother Calvin Reed and his wife, Dolores, of Lake Clear; five grandchildren, Tiffani McDonough and her fiance Robert Kearney of New York, N.Y.; Taetum McDonough Crooker and her husband Justin, of Peru, N.Y.; Ewen McDonough, of New York, N.Y.; Sunny Reed and Summer Reed, of Keene Valley, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Adam Crooker. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his mother and father, Benton and May McFarland Reed of Keene, and by his brothers Richard “Bill” Reed and Ralph Reed.
A funeral Mass was held Friday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Brendan’s Church in Keene. A military burial followed at Norton Cemetery in Keene.
Donations in memory of Mr Reed can be made in lieu of flowers to St. Brendan’s Church or the Keene Fire Department.
W.M. Marvins Sons funeral home in Elizabethtown was in charge of arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.wmmarvins.com.