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Dorris Reed


Dorris Mae Reed, daughter of Harvey C. Gripp and Hattie B. Heath Gripp, was born May 6, 1922, in Hanley Falls, and peacefully passed from this life Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola at 96 years of age.

Dorris received her education in St. Charles, and graduated from St. Charles High School in 1939.  

She was united in marriage to John Fred Reed Jr. on Sept. 22, 1940, at New Virginia, and one daughter, Sandra Sue blessed this union. Soon after their marriage, Fred was stationed throughout Florida with the U.S. Coast Guard. Dorris and Sandra soon followed and joined him until his discharge in 1944.

When they returned to Truro, Fred Jr. and Dorris purchased the produce and feed business which was known as Reed Feed Grain. They later consolidated with Fred’s brothers in the fertilizer, chemical and lumber business known as Reed Brothers. In 1960, Fred and Dorris moved the feed and grain business to Winterset, which they sold in 1979. They continued to operate the Truro business until 1982.

In 1997, Fred and Dorris moved to Osceola to make their home near their daughter, Sandra and her husband Denis Kale. They continued to spend their winters in Florida, first at Long Boat Key and then Titusville.  

In early years, Dorris seldom missed a softball or basketball game of Sandra’s, and also enjoyed Todd’s baseball and football games and felt fortunate to be able to attend Reed and Ely’s school events. She loved to travel and continued on many adventures though the years, including a trip to Europe with Sandy and Denny, and to Mexico, in order to be Todd and Alisha’s flower girl at their wedding. Recent years have been filled with her love of all her game clubs with her girls, not only in Osceola, but Truro as well. Whether it be the hundreds of games of Rummy Cube with Jeri and Shari, serious games of hand and foot (house rules of course) or the infamous dice game for nickels, Dorris loved it all!  

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, joining Ivy Chapter in 1955 and serving as worthy matron in 1960. In later years, Ophir Chapter No. 267 in Osceola became her star home and she received her 50-year recognition while a member there. Dorris also enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat Society in Osceola and P.E.O., and she also served as director at American State Bank in Osceola. 

Those relatives who preceded Dorris in death were her parents, Harvey and Hattie; husband John Fred Reed Jr.; brothers, Robert L. “Pete” Gripp and his wife Jane and Lloyd E. “Bus” Gripp and wife Ester “Tiny” Gripp; sister Lola Bennington and husband Donald Bennington; niece Pat Lichtsinn; brother-in-law Herb Reed and wife Dottie Reed; and sister-in-law Virginia Reed.

Dorris leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Sandra Sue Kale and husband Denis of Osceola; grandson Todd Kale and wife Alisha of Osceola; great-grandson Reed Kale of Osceola; great-granddaughter Abby Kale and great-grandson Ethan Kale, both of Garner; great-grandson Ely Crawford of Osceola; brother-in-law Harry Reed of West Des Moines; sister-in-law Marjorie Reed of Winterset; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

Services were 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., in Osceola with Pastor Chuck DeVos officiating. Visitation was open Friday, and the family greeted friends from 5 to 7 pm Friday, April 5, at the funeral home. Order of the Eastern Star services began at 7 p.m. Friday evening. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Lifepoint Church in Osceola. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com.  

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