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OBITUARY - DR. DAVID WILLIAM REED
David William REED was born one mile west of Powersville, Missouri on Feb. 26, 1867, and departed this life April 16,
1929, at Des Moines, Iowa.
David was the sixth child of David P. REED and Harriet F. REED. There were ten children in this family, viz. - Mattie,
Nancy, Cyrus, Sallie, Joseph, David, Mary, Harvey, Guy, Lloyd. The father and mother and three of the children have
preceded him in death - Mattie, Nancy and Harvey.
He attended the Medical College at Keokuk, Iowa, and graduated in 1892. He then practiced medicine in Mercer, Missouri
from 1892 until 1904. He took very sick at that time, and was given up by several doctors; but a group of Free Methodists
came and prayed with him, and God healed him.
Shortly after that he began to preach in the Free Methodist Church. In 1912 however, he again took up the practice of
medicine, continuing until shortly before his death. He came to Clearfield not long after returning to his profession,
and bought the practice and office of Dr. J. P. MAXWELL, continuing through all these years in dilligent and laborious
devotion to the requirements of a country doctor's life.
He was married to Miss Bertha SNYDER on January 2, 1895 and to this union six children were born. They all survive their
father, and are: Mrs. Veva WILCOX of Lenox, Harvey REED of Blockton, D. W. REED Jr. of Des Moines, Mrs. Ava KLINE of
Creston, Agnes and Willa Marie of Des Moines. He had also five grandchildren, and is the first of his own family to
reach the other side of the River of Death.
He has been a faithful husband and father, and will be greatly missed in the community he served so long.
Funeral services were held in Clearfield Methodist Church on Thursday, April 18th, Rev. O. B. DEVINE, pastor of First Free
Methodist Church Des Moines, conducting the same, assisted by Pastors BROWN and WEAKLAND of Clearfield. Interment was in
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2010
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