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Frank Leslie Reed Jr – November 20, 2017

Frank Leslie Reed Jr., 84, of Amarillo died Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, interment will be at Friona Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Frank was born May 22, 1933, in Friona to Frank and Martha Reed.  He lived in Borger for 38 years and resided in Amarillo for the last 6 years.
Frank was an Army veteran and a welder for the Bureau of Land Management.  He also was a welding instructor at Amarillo College and Frank Phillips College.
His was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Zon Reed, in 2008 and a grandson, Blake Reed, in 2010; and 2 brothers and 6 sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Zonya Reed, of Amarillo; a son, Ronnie Reed and wife Terri, of McPherson, Kan.; a sister, Grace Vassios, of Palm Desert, Calif.; a granddaughter, Tiffany Goracke and husband Ben, of Bonner Springs, Kan. and Monica Stephen and husband Josh, of Lampasas, TX; great-grandchildren, Reed Goracke, of Bonner Springs, Kan. and Lili and Decil Stephen, of Lampasas, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to FUSE Foundation, 2517 Bell Avenue, Dodge City, KS 67801.
Frank was born and raised in Parmer County, Friona, Texas.  He attended Friona public schools. As a youngster, he spent several summers working cattle with his dad in southern Colorado, also returning to Iowa to help with Reed Family farm work.
In high school, Frank was class favorite and played running back on the Chieftan Football Team.
Frank joined the Army in 1953.  After his Army, Frank married Betty Zon Ashcraft to which two children were born, Ronnie Lee and Zonya Kay.
Frank worked several years in drilling and working on water wells and windmills in the county.  He later took a job with Bureau of Land Management in Keyes, Oklahoma.
After several years, the family moved to Amarillo, Texas where Frank continued working for the helium activity/gas field and the Exell Helium Plant as a welder.  He began instructing evening welding classes at Amarillo College. In 1974, he accepted head position over vocational welding at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas.
During the next 38 years, Frank and Betty were involved in many activities including Oddfellows Lodge, HARC Organization and annual family vacations to Colorado to enjoy camping and fishing.
Reed Family Reunions were always a favorite for visiting and enjoying great food, on top of meeting all the new nephews/nieces that come from being the youngest of 10.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought joy to his everlasting smile, pleasant attitude and presence.  If you knew Frank, you were blessed to have known one of the most patient and giving people that anyone could ever hope to meet.
Frank will be missed by all his family and friends that entered his life.
Heaven will open the doors to another special person who gave much love and hope to all.  Frank was a great example of how to enjoy life, no matter what.

1 Comment

  • Joan Pruett Posted November 22, 2017 2:49 am

    My dear friend, Zonya, and family, I am so saddened to find your daddy’s obituary online tonight. I know how very close y’all were, and I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss. I love you and hold you deeply in my heart at this time of great sadness. With sincerest sympathy, Joan

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