Jun 04,1928---Jun 15,2022

Roy C. “Budz” Reed, 94, Lenexa, KS, died Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at his home surrounded by family.  Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with Funeral Services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 at the Porter Funeral Home,  8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS.  Burial will follow in the National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Kansas City Kansas Firefighters Relief Association or Kansas City Hospice.

     Roy was born June 4, 1928, the son of Roy and Juanita “Kitty” (Cutler) Reed in the Fairmount area of Independence, MO. Roy served his country first as a Merchant Marine before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II. After being discharged he returned home to Kansas City, KS where he held various jobs.  One night while at a local hangout on Central Ave he meet a group of Bethany nursing students looking for a ride due to the rain.  One of those students caught his eye, a brunette with big brown eyes named Marilyn Ledell who became the love of his life.  They were united in marriage February 20, 1953 and had two children, Steve and Jenne.  

He joined the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department in 1953 where he rose through the ranks and retired in 1985 as a District Chief in charge of training.   He remained an active member of Local 64, and attended union meetings and conferences for the rest of his life. He went on to become Chief of the Edwardsville Fire Department and served in that capacity from 1985 to 1995.  Roy also worked for the Kansas State Fire Marshal as a trainer for volunteer firefighters.

 He was a long time member of London Heights Methodist Church & Trinity UMC, K.C.,KS and more recently  Saint Mark's UMC in Mission, KS.

In addition to fire department affiliations Roy was a member of American Legion Post 153, Olathe, KS. and Kansas City Seabee Swarm.  In 2015 Roy went on a trip of a lifetime aboard a Heartland Honor Flight.  This non-profit organization  honors and transports American veterans to Washington DC to visit and reflect at their memorials.  He was escorted by his good friend and neighbor Val Jones, also a veteran.  

Roy never met a stranger.  He was a consummate storyteller.  No matter where you were Roy could tell you about the landmarks and history of each place.  He was our family historian and never forgot a thing.  Budz was the original GPS.  Throughout their marriage Roy and Marilyn enjoyed traveling with family and friends.  Although Roy was passionate about the fire department his family always came first.  He was a great husband and father but when grandchildren and great-grandchildren came along his heart grew twice as big. His granddaughters and great grand-children could do no wrong.  The family felt very blessed to be with him to celebrate his 94th birthday on June 4th.  He was so happy to see everyone and share hugs and kisses. Also, Roy and Marilyn have been so thankful to have wonderful neighbors that take care of each other.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents and 6 siblings, Melvin, Wallace, Patricia, Jim, Bob and Mark.  He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Marilyn, 2 children , Steve (Donna) Reed and  Jenne (Don) Laytham, 3 granddaughters, Hayley (Nathan) Nitchals, Katie Reed and Gabby Reed, and 3 great-grandchildren, Evan Roy, Amelia and Isaac Nitchals as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

 



Condolences

tony kovach Jun 17 ,2022

family friend ,shawnee ,Kansas

Rest in peace Roy.

Kevin Bukaty Jun 17 ,2022

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

Steve and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Dad obviously lived a long and fulfilling life.

Urma Watson Jun 17 ,2022

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

To the Family and my West Jr High /Wyandotte HS Classmate Jenne: My sincere heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your special times and memorable moments about your Dad with us on FB. This always made me smile and was such a Blessing. May God be with you during this difficult time. Love Ya! Urma Watson

Julie Temm Jun 17 ,2022

Friend ,Lee’s Summit ,Missouri

He will me missed but never forgotten. Love you Jenne and all the Reed family. Your Dad is a peace knowing his family is together and happy. Good job Mr Reed. Love Julie

Bill Johnson Jun 17 ,2022

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Mrs. Reed and the Reed Family, I am so sorry for you our loss. Roy was a such a larger than life character. I enjoyed the many conversations he and I had, It took me awhile to figure out when he was serious and when he was kidding, but I always valued his advice and the knowledge he shared with me.

Heather Underwood Jun 17 ,2022

neighbor ,lenexa ,Kansas

The Granddad of the neighborhood will always hold a special place in our hearts & will be missed!

Curtis Pittman Jun 17 ,2022

Family friend ,Oklahoma City ,Oklahoma

I want to express my heartfelt condolences to Marilyn, Steve and Jenne on the loss of your great husband and father. I’ll always remember him as a popular and happy guy who was loved very much by many, including my parents. May you find comfort and peace in your time of sorrow and and I know many happy memories will sustain you in the future for years to come.

Paul clark Jun 17 ,2022

Work with him ,Bonner Springs ,Kansas

Chief was a great guy. He will be missed by lots of people. I always enjoy working with him. He helped me with a lot of things. He was like a father to me.

James D Jun 17 ,2022

Friend ,Pleasanton ,Kansas

Chief Reed grew up with my grandfather, Frank Eaton, and I had chance to hear a lot of stories from their childhood. I had the opportunity to work under Chief Reed in Edwardsville in the 80's prior to going in the military. He was a phenomenal Chief, a fantastic trainer and a lifelong friend. Our prayers are with his family.

Bill Bonfield Jun 17 ,2022

Friend ,Edwardsville ,Kansas

Sorry to hear about Roy. He was a great man. Lots of good times on and off the Fire Department.

Danielle Jun 17 ,2022

Navy Seabee ,Olathe ,Kansas

I met Roy at a Seabee Swarm. He was so kind and so happy to be there. I loved his stories. He lived a life of service. Anyone who knew him, even for a small amount of time is better for it. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family and friends in my prayers.

Carol Dahn_Harper Jun 17 ,2022

God speed my good and dear friend. I will always remember how we met at a conference in Wichita when I was a green and naive girl and you became my protector and guardian angel from that day forward. I was lucky to have you as a friend and mentor! I know "Donny" was there to greet you at heavens gate! You were a giant among men and leave such a legacy .My condolences to Marilyn and family.

Steve Hirsch Jun 18 ,2022

Friend ,Oberlin ,Kansas

To Marilyn and family - our sympathies. I so enjoyed our phone calls. We will miss you but know your faith was strong and that you are safely in the arms of Jesus.

Mary McFarland Jun 18 ,2022

Friend ,Hutchinson ,Kansas

Marilyn-I’ll never forget how kind you and Budz were to me. I’m so glad you had all those years together.

Curtis Pittman Jun 19 ,2022

Family friend ,Oklahoma City ,Oklahoma

I want to express my heartfelt condolences to Marilyn, Steve and Jenne on the loss of your great husband and father. I’ll always remember him as a popular and happy guy who was loved very much by many, including my parents. May you find comfort and peace in your time of sorrow and and I know many happy memories will sustain you in the future for years to come.

Kristin and Chris Teschke Jun 20 ,2022

We are so sorry for your loss. Roy was such a big presence, both in the community and as a person. We hope that you find peace and comfort in your memories of him. Kristin and Chris Teschke

Pamala Alderman Huffman Jun 20 ,2022

School friend of Jenne's from West Junior and Wyandotte High ,Lineood ,Kansas

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The Berry Family Jun 21 ,2022

Family friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Budz was a lifelong friend & the Reed family was more like family to us. From family vacations to family get togethers, the memories are huge. We would hear all the stories around the table that our father, Art Berry, would tell about the fires, the jokes, the friendships between all the fireman especially Budz. We respect & admire him for who he was & his dedication to his profession, We miss him & love his family very much. Norma Berry, Mike & Pam Berry, Karen Turner (Berry)

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Jun 22 ,2022
Time:
9:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Service
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Jun 22 ,2022
Time:
10:30 AM
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