Feb 27,1927---Sep 12,2021

DuMont was and is still an inspiration of a life well lived.

Born February 27, 1927 in Larned, Kansas.  Son of Harry D. Reed & Mildred Warring Reed. Great Grandson of Two Pioneer Pawnee County Families.

Served in the US Navy in World War II. Graduated Kansas University in Electrical Engineering.  Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Kansas, and Honorary Fraternities Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Tau.

After Graduation, had a brief flirtation with the performing arts in New York City before commencing a 13 year career with General Electric as a Marketing Specialist in Electrical Transmission and Distribution Equipment.

Married Barbara Van Orden in Syracuse, New York, November 22, 1952.

Moved to Kansas City with General Electric during the mid-fifties.  Then made a move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to continue his career.  The next move with the family was to Independence, Kansas for corporate planning work with Electra Manufacturing Co.  Then moved back to Kansas City to follow acareer in the electrical and electronics industries.

Following this career in electronics he became a commercial real estate broker/salesman with Moseley and Company and Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services.

He was national chairman of the parts marketing committee of the electronics industry association.  A member of the society of industrial office realtors.  President of his Rotary Club.  Member, Deacon and Elder of Village Presbyterian Church and volunteer for Stephen Ministries.  Member of the Village Presbyterian Choir for 50 years.  Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Bible Study, Vanguard Club and Monkey Club.  Honor man Kansas City Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association.  

Interests were his Family and all of their activities and vacations, his church and club memberships, and his avocation of singing, including lead parts in the Neewollah musicals, God Bless America on 4th of July, O Holy Night on Christmas Eve at Village Presbyterian Church, and family sing-a-longs around the piano. 

Survivors include his wife Barbara and children Karen Vaughan, Lauren Werner (Mark) and Robin Thies (Gary), seven grandchildren, Jennifer Gray (Brandon), Lauren Racki (Eric), Stephanie Rosentreter (Matthew), Matthew Thies (Riley), Alexander Thies (Casey), Ashley Mobley (Spencer), Rebecca Smith (Will), and five great grandchildren, Kelsey, Haylee, Luke, Noah, and Andrew with 2 more on the way.

Thanks to our caring friends in Kansas City Hospice and Silvercrest on College.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Kansas City Hospice. To donate online: kchospice.org or mail donations to: Kansas City Hospice, 9001 State Line Road, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO  64114.

Memorial service will be held at The Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS on Monday, September 20th at 11:00 a.m.


Judy Howard Rimer Sep 14 ,2021

Friend ,Carthage ,Missouri

May God comfort your family in the days ahead. He will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

John Dillingham Sep 14 ,2021

SAE Fraternity Brother ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Sorry to hear about Dumont. We were doing local fraternity activities perhaps for 50 years. Great loyal brother. Always our song leader. Left a big and positive legacy.

Laurie Fiksdal Sep 14 ,2021

Friend ,Redding ,California

Dear Reed family,, I will always remember Dumont with fond memories. He and his wife were so kind and welcoming when I would come by to see Robin. I also loved to hear him sing. He had such a gift that he enjoyed sharing with others. May you all be comforted during this time where he is enjoying his eternal home, but you have to wait to see him again. Praying for you all. With love in our Lord, Laurie

Michael Kimberlin Sep 14 ,2021

Friend and Brother ,Holton ,Kansas

Brother H Dumont Reed was one of a kind! As a Brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Brother Reed was beyond reproach. He was supportive of every Brother that he met, listening to young men for hours recant stories of their chapters successes. In recent years, as the unofficial song leader of the Greater Kansas City Alumni Assoc., Brother Reed was honored with the naming of the "H Dumont Reed Brotherhood Award" that is handed out to the chapter in Kansas and Missouri that exemplifies the truest bonds of brotherhood. Brother Reed will be greatly missed and will be thought of every time we sing.... Come Sing to Sigma Alpha Epsilon...

John Sep 14 ,2021

Friend and Fraternity Brother ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Barbara and Family- Du was very special to me since I was 19 years old - helping us get the Rockhurst SAE chapter founded—all the SAE and Honor Man events over the years— his support of the KU SAE Chapter in the dark days and when we worked together at Cohen Esrey. Our lives were never far apart. He was a great friend and mentor to me. I loved him dearly. I will very much miss him. Thoughts and prayers to all of you- especially Barbara, Robin, Gary and Alex. God Bless all of you. Du— Rest In Peace in Chapter Eternal. Phi Alpha Brother.

Edward F. Reilly Sep 14 ,2021

Fraternity Brother ,Bethesda ,Maryland

Deepest sympathy in the loss of a Brother of SAE who never abandoned his love of life & was a great contributor to society.

Susan Latas Sep 14 ,2021

Friend ,Merriam

My deepest sympathy in the death of your dad, Robin. And my sympathy to your mom and all the family. It's so hard to lose a parent. I loved hearing your dad sing. What a gift to us all that was. Prayers for comfort and God's presence. Susie

Gerry Coffman Sep 15 ,2021

Friend ,Overbrook ,Kansas

My thoughts are with the Reed family at this time. I have wonderful memories of the Reeds opening their home to the Thetas during our college days at KSU. We were always welcome if we ever needed a place to stay in Kansas City. Mrs. Reed, Karen, Lauren, and Robin - I have so many cherished memories.

William Magee Sep 16 ,2021

Friend and Fraternity Brother ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My thoughts and prayers are with the Reed family. Dumont was an inspiration to many SAE's as a result of his commitment and very active approach. He will be missed.

Amy MacCurdy McCarty Sep 20 ,2021

Friend ,Houston ,Texas

So sorry for your loss. It's always hard to lose your dad. My father was just one month older. I wonder if they ever crossed paths in college. May you continue to be comforted by the memories of your time with him.

Clark Stewart Sep 20 ,2021

Friend and Fraternity Brother ,Olathe ,Kansas

Sorry to hear about the passing of DuMont. He was and is an SAE brother to me for over 60 years. He is a True Gentleman. Very loyal and respectful to all and a very supportive person to everyone. He did it all the right way. May God Bless.

Joni Hartong Sep 22 ,2021

Fellow Village Church member ,Leawood ,Kansas

We always enjoyed hearing DuMont's singing at Village Church. He will be missed. Joni Hartong

Loretta Sep 29 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I worked with DuMont at Cohen & Co,. He was a gentleman through and through and loved talking about his family. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Memorial Service
Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Road
Prairie Village
Zip Code:
Sep 20 ,2021
11:00 AM
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