Robert “Bob” D. Reed


Robert “Bob” D. Reed, 94, of Cotton died Monday, January 25, 2021 at Essentia Health-Virginia. He was born on May 29, 1926 in Calumet, Minnesota to George W. and Clara B. (Randall) Reed.

He was a WWII Army veteran. Bob was united in marriage to Arlis I. Lestico on June 10, 1951 in Cotton. He operated the Pure Oil Gas Station in Cotton. Bob later started, along with two cousins, Randall & Reed Construction. Bob retired as an Equipment Operator at age 62. Following his retirement, for thirty years Bob repaired lawnmowers, boat motors, atv’s and did snow plowing.

Bob enjoyed going to the stock car races and visiting with the drivers and fans. He also liked going out to the Dollar Lake hunting shacks. For about thirty years, Bob loved the Tuesday ATV rides with friends. Bob was a member of the Cotton Community Church, member of Operating Engineers Local #49 and Kral Matha Peterson VFW Post 3044.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arlis; sons, Bob (Becky), Randy, Hartley (Julie); grandchildren, Jeremy, Jess (Chris) Byrnes, Nick, Jeana; great-grandchildren, Emma and Alexa; sister, Shirley Tozier and a niece, Melanie and three nephews, John, George and Kenneth.

He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Evans and Lloyd.

Due to Covid 19, there will be no funeral service. The family would like to thank the friendly staff and residents at the Edgewood Vista in Virginia for their caring support. Arrangements were entrusted to Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home, Eveleth.

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