Colton resident, Bruce Reed, died suddenly in a horse riding accident on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. He was 76.
A celebration of his life will be held 3pm, Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church at 5512 SE 73rd in Portland.
Bruce Elmer Reed was born June 1, 1937 in Compton, California to Richard and Irene Reed. They moved to Kansas City, Missouri when he was a child and settled in Mulino where he attended grade school. Bruce graduated from Molalla High School in 1956. Then he entered into the US Marine Corps in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1958.
On May 21, 1960 he married Elizabeth (Betty) Nielsen. They made their home in Oregon City on the Clackamas River for 33 years. In 1993 they moved to Colton after working for the US Forest Service for over 26 years. He was a school bus driver for the Colton School District for many years and retired in March of 2013.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, dancing and anything to do with the outdoors. He had a great love for horses and was a very passionate family man.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years; Elizabeth Reed of Colton; daughters, Jenny Hindmarsh of Ramona, California, Jo Wallaert (Rick) from Cheshire, Oregon, Julie Caruthers of Colton; sons, Bruce RA Reed (Laura) of Colton, Bill Reed (Cheryl) of Colton; brothers, John Reed (Sharlene) of Oregon City, Robert Reed of Milwaukie; brother-in-law Gene Kliensmith of Mulino, Oregon; 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Bruce was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine Klinsmith. Contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Estacada Funeral Chapel is in care of the arrangements.
Dear MUHS Alumni:
Duke called yesterday (he is in Arizona for the winter) and related the particulars for Bruce Reed's memorial service.
He had talked to Betty and she has family who live nearby. She said that the day before Thanksgiving they had some customers (probably related to their horse business) - - - a twelve year old and her mother. The mother wanted to ride slower so she and Betty rode together and Bruce and the young girl went their way. It wasn't long and the twelve year old came running back and said that Bruce fell and needed help. Betty got the four-wheeler and when she got to Bruce he was paralyzed and complaining that his head hurt.
The paramedics got there immediately; but Bruce had already succumbed to his injuries.
The memorial service will be
December 14th at 3:pm.
Please share this information with anyone you feel would want to know. Blessings to all.
Shirley Anderson Raines