Otis Lowell Reed
Otis Lowell Reed
Age 80, of Weston, WV, died May 22, 2012, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg died of a stroke following surgery.
He was the son of the late Orris and Hallie Reed of Weston.
During the Korean War he served in the USAF as a gunner aboard a B-29. He subsequently graduated from West Virginia University and worked for 35 years as a writer for the Boeing Company in the Philadelphia area. In retirement he produced a World War I aviation history, several books on aspects of Lewis County history, and busied himself with other local historic matters.
He was a member of the American Legion. He worked tirelessly to preserve Weston’s Arnold Edwards home and the Old Weston State Hospital. He supported many local groups, among them the Mountaineer Military Museum, the Louis Bennett Public Library, and the no-kill pet shelter, “Adopt a Friend.”
While living in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, he was an avid supporter of Community Theater and worked for over 20 years as a set designer, scenic painter, playwright, and a bit player.
In 1953, he married Betty Lou Cutlip Reed, who survives; also surviving: daughters Brenda Lee Reed of Weston and Linda L. Reed of Philadelphia; sister, Karen Brown of Weston, and an older sister, Judy A. Given, is deceased.
He requested that his ashes be interred at the Masonic Cemetery, or as he put it “Some such outlandish place.”
Visitation will be Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, followed by Memorial Service at 12:00 Noon.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mountaineer Military Museum or the “Adopt A Friend” no-kill pet shelter. Both are located in Weston.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Otis Lowell Reed.