Walter L. Reed

Walter L. Reed

Walter L. Reed went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the age of 81.

He was born on December 15, 1935, in Otsego the only son of Walter C. and Florence (Julien) Reed. On February 12, 1955 he married Vivian Walters and they enjoyed 62 years together. Walt worked at Hammond Machinery in Otsego for 39 years, retiring in 1995. He worshiped at At The Master’s Feet Discipleship Ministry and so enjoyed his church family. He also kept in touch with many of his high school graduates enjoying lunch every month with them. His family was precious to him, enjoying many get-togethers. Walt also had a strong love of nature, particularly his birds and built many bird houses and feeders for them. He looked forward every spring to see the baby fawns and made sure the corn went out every day to keep them in his woods.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian, children, Kathy (Ronnie) Brock, Karin (Al) Laws, Larry (Sherri) Reed and Loren (Cynthia) Reed. He had seven grandchildren that he loved deeply, Chad (Nancy) Laws, Alex (Tracy) Laws, Mariah (Dustin) Cook, Morgan (Tina) Reed, Marshall Reed, Whitney Reed and Abbie Reed; seven great-grandchildren, Haley, Douglas, Dakota, Atherton, Anders, Callie and Kayden; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Glenda Staley; many nieces and nephews and mothers of his grandchildren, Diana Reed and Tracey (Rick) Hurdelbrink.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Wilma Cushman, Donna Westfield, Peggy Rex, Linda Clock and infant sister, Mary Jean and daughter-in-law, Debbie (Morrell) Reed.

Friends may visit with Walt’s family from 4-7 P.M., Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Ray Brown officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego Township.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Walt may be made to At The Master’s Feet Discipleship Ministry or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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  1. Judy Harrison says:

    My heart felt condolences to Vivian and the family. Walt was loved by all his friends at church. He always made sure that he visited everyone he could before services. We will miss you.

  2. Tracy Blanchard says:

    Kathy & Karen-

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Your dad will be missed by many but by none as much as each of you. May all the great memories you have help you heal.

  3. Mrs. Jim (Patti) Hewitt says:

    I just saw the obit online. Oh Vivian, I am so sorry. Walt was such a sweetheart! I had been meaning to phone you two, but just got busy with a multitude of things. When I first saw Walt’s name my first reaction was ‘Oh NO!.’ All along hoping it was a different one, not him. Am just heartbroken. Hugs & prayers to you & your family.

  4. Bruce & Judy Hochmuth says:

    Our love and prayers are with you Viv and the entire family. Walt will be greatly missed by all. Such a wonderful and kind man.
    Bruce & Judy Hochmuth

  5. Ron and Shawn Gleason says:

    Our prayers are with you all. Much love, Ron and Shawn

  6. Lori Steele says:

    Kathy, Ronnie and family sorry to hear of your loss.

  7. Ivan & Kathy Kibby says:

    Dear Vivian and family, our hearts were saddened to learn of Walt’s passing but pray you will receive comfort knowing that he is now pain free and at rest. Our prayers are with you.

  8. David McMurray says:

    Kathy and Karin, So sorry for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your father. Dave McMurray

  9. Dale&Georgia &Lynn Washburn says:

    We are praying for you. And Walt will be miss very much. So sorry for your loss.

  10. Penny Browning Baker says:

    So very sorry for Huge Loss of your dad. So very glad to know he rests in the arms of our Saviour.
    Lark & Penny (Browning) Baker

  11. Laura Dalrymple says:

    Vivian and family may the Lord be with you and family in your time of loss

  12. Jack and Patti Hamilton says:

    So very sorry for your families’ loss. Vivian we remember dinners with you in Otsego and laughing with you and Walt and having a wonderful time. So very proud to have our connection with your family.

  13. Cindy & Leon Harter says:

    Condolences to the family. Sorry we can’t make it to the visitation or the funeral. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Leon & Cindy Harter

  14. robert and marlene leep says:

    prayers for you Viv and family

  15. Brian & Linda Walters says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with Aunt Viv, Kathy, Karin, Larry, & Loren with the passing of Uncle Walt. I enjoyed my time with Uncle Walt, he always took time to learn what I was doing. I enjoyed those conversations & the tips he would always pass along. He gave it a good fight & is in a better place tonight. God speed to the family – I will miss him.

  16. Carol watson says:

    Karen Kathy and family I am so sorry to hear about your dad. A lot of good times with him talking through the fence between Parker and Hammond machine. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you may the good Lord give you peace. Love you Carol

  17. Judy and Jerry Shumaker says:

    Kathy and Ronnie. Please know that our thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family at this very sad time in your lives. May your special memories help and comfort you through the coming days and months. I am sorry that I did not know until it was too late or I would have gone to his visitation. Please take care now.

  18. Lori Hare Pickett says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you! I just returned from Oregon and missed Walt’s funeral. Thinking of you and my love to all.

  19. Ed & Zarlene Main says:

    Vivian and Family: It was with great sadness to hear of Walt’s passing. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you. You always took the extra minute when we would run into each other and chat awhile, asking about our families. Sincere Sympathy…..

  20. Greg Evink says:

    Very sorry to learn of this fine man’s passing. We met two or three times in my life. Yet my Dad, Ralph Swinney was his friend. He spoke very highly of Mr. Reed. When we met at his funeral, I had a chance to express my appreciation for his kindness and friendship with my Dad. He was very gracious and kind to me then as well as when we met when I was in high school. Now those two can resume there friendship up there. Thank you for the smiles
    Mr. Reed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reed family.

  21. Betty says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

  22. Joan Walters says:


    I just saw this. I am so sorry to learn of Walt’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


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