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Sylvanus "Skip" Franklin Reed, Jr.

Sylvanus “Skip” Franklin Reed Jr. passed away at his home surrounded by family on March 14, 2022. He was born February 20, 1940 in Yankee Springs, MI.  

He was the son of Sylvanus Reed Sr. and Maxine Gile. After his father passed away during the Korean Conflict in 1950, he was raised by his mother, Maxine, and stepfather Leighton Sage.

Skip received his general education degree in Kalamazoo, MI and earned a Journeyman license. He completed his apprenticeship at General Motors of Kalamazoo and worked there for an additional twenty-two years. He was also a lifelong member of the local U.A.W. post 488 where he was treasurer for many years. As a lifelong learner, he completed a Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations. 

In 1964 Skip met the love of his life, Pat, whom he lovingly called Patra. They enjoyed fifty-seven years of marriage. Together, they raised two children: Brenda and Michael. Skip enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Skip was a member of the Kalamazoo Corvette Club winning first place for the “What do you see Rallye” with his lifelong friend Phil Hearld.

He volunteered for seventeen years with the Mounted Division of Kalamazoo County. Skip enjoyed camping and working at the Kalamazoo County Fair. Hobbies included riding horses, hunting, and fishing.

Skip is preceded in his passing by his parents: Sylvanus Reed Sr., Maxine Sage, and Leighton Sage and brothers: James Reed and Kenneth Reed.

Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife of fifty-seven years: Patsy (Shoemaker) Reed; children: Brenda (Mike) Ward and Michael (Dawn) Reed; grandchildren: Erik Ward and Jennifer (Jacob) Brechtel; siblings: Sandra (Lisa Wilkinson) Griffin, Ronald (Sue) Sage, Bruce (Sheryl) Sage, Wayne (Marcia) Sage, Terry (Laurie Haner) Sage and Kevin (Sun) Sage; nephew Andrew “Andy” Sage; friends of fifty-six years: Linda and Phil Hearld; as well as many dear friends, nieces and nephews.

Cremation and burial have taken place. A celebration of life will be held on a date and time that is to be determined.

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Skip’s guestbook and/or share a memory with the family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Skip’s memory to Hospice Centrica Care Navigators.

The Reed family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097 (269) 649-1697.

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Pat, I am so sorry to hear of Skip's passing. I'll be keeping you in my prayers.

Dianne Shoemaker Mar 26 2022 1:10 PM

To my cousin Pat Shoemaker Reed, wife of Skip, remembering visits to your home and the caring and love you both always showed in your hospitality.

Marsha Stolle Mar 25 2022 3:39 PM

Pat, I'm so sorry for your loss, my prayers to you and family.

Paul E. Haley Mar 25 2022 8:17 AM

I remember Skip as always laughing and smiling! Only knew him thru KCC. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Pat.

Jim Douglass Mar 24 2022 12:28 PM

Pat, so sorry for you loss and pray for strength during this time. Skip was such an amazing guy to know and glad I got to meet him.
He will be missed!

Krystin Emmans Mar 24 2022 5:24 AM

I was age 4 when he married my sister. I've always looked at him as a brother rather than an in-law. He greatly missed.

Mary Dorman Mar 23 2022 10:22 PM

Pat and family. Skip was a delight to know and a longtime friend of Ron and Pat Bowman. The kids were friends and there are many memories. More recently RaeJean and Ron have enjoyed a friendship with many visits and meetings at Scott's Cafe. Skip will be missed by many

RaeJean and Ron Bowman Mar 23 2022 6:11 PM

Pat, we are so sorry for you and your family's loss. Skip was a great person and a friend for many years, he will be greatly missed by many. Sending your family love and our condolences.
Prayers for your support.❤

Jim and Carol Davis Mar 23 2022 5:27 PM

Pat I'm so very sorry to hear of Skip's passing. My heart is with you an the kids. Take care I love you cuz

Darlene “ Binky ‘ Behr Mar 23 2022 5:21 PM

Skip was a good friend, as well as being a good brother-in-law. He will missed, by all who knew him

Raymond Shoemaker Mar 23 2022 3:25 PM

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