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Joe Reed

Joseph William Reed, age 91 and longtime resident of the Gila Valley, entered into rest Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2020, at his son's residence in Safford. Joe was born November 8, 1928 in Oklahoma. He moved to Washington State in 1941 where he met his wife, Betty, in Toppenish. Together they had four kids; Kathryn, William, Patrick, who passed away as an infant, and Daniel whom they raised between Washington and Arizona. During that time, he was a member of the Operators Union and worked as truck driver. Joe was also involved in breeding and training of race horses. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening, working in the yard, family and friends. Joe will always be remembered for his honesty, hard work ethic, self-reliance and storytelling. Joe is survived by: his daughter, Kathy and son-in-law, Ray, his son, William and daughter-in-law, Bobbie; his brother, Kenneth; seven grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by: his wife, Betty; and two sons, Dan and Patrick; and his parents, John and Retha Reed. Joe will be laid to rest with his wife Betty in Safford Cemetery on Wednesday morning, May 13, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. . A Celebration of Joe's Life will be conducted at a later date. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, May 12, 2020 , from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home.

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A candle was lit in memory of Joe Reed

Denni Gosnell May 2 2020 12:00 AM

One of my favorite people at the race track Loved him and Betty, He was so tall and she was short like me. Really one of the good men I have had the pleasure to know. The one horse that I remember he had was Trammer and my ex husband Richard would always ride him for Joe. Prayers and condolences for his family at this time

Denni Gosnell May 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joe Reed

Denni Gosnell May 2 2020 12:00 AM

One of my favorite people at the race track Loved him and Betty, He was so tall and she was short like me. Really one of the good men I have had the pleasure to know. The one horse that I remember he had was Trammer and my ex husband Richard would always ride him for Joe. Prayers and condolences for his family at this time

Denni Gosnell May 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joe Reed

Beth Weddle Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

What wonderful memories we have of Joe and his dear Betty ! Couldn't have had better neighbors, we were truly blessed. Always ready to lend a helping hand no matter what the job was, told many good stories and gave good advice. Truly a man of good character. We will miss him but so happy for him , we know there is a very happy reunion taking place in heaven! Love you Joe, Bruce and Beth Weddle

Beth Weddle Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joe Reed

Beth Weddle Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

What wonderful memories we have of Joe and his dear Betty ! Couldn't have had better neighbors, we were truly blessed. Always ready to lend a helping hand no matter what the job was, told many good stories and gave good advice. Truly a man of good character. We will miss him but so happy for him , we know there is a very happy reunion taking place in heaven! Love you Joe, Bruce and Beth Weddle

Beth Weddle Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

Knew Joe and his family when we all lived in Silverbell. Would run into Joe while shopping in Safford and he and I would spend long periods of time talking. A great man who fathered a great family. R.I.P. Joe

David Wyatt Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

Knew Joe and his family when we all lived in Silverbell. Would run into Joe while shopping in Safford and he and I would spend long periods of time talking. A great man who fathered a great family. R.I.P. Joe

David Wyatt Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM