Obituary for Darrell E. Reed
Darrell Reed, 50, of Breitung Township, passed away Saturday, November 4th, 2017, at Dickinson County Hospital, from a UTV accident on Thursday morning, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born on February 8th, 1967, the son of Eldon and Judy (Vance) Reed. Darrell graduated from Kingsford High School in 1985. Then went on to graduate Michigan Tech University and received his degree as a civil engineer in 1990. He met his wife Jodi (Pietrantonio) in Iron Mountain in 1991 through mutual friends. They dated for 12 years and were married on July 26, 2003. After graduating from college Darrell worked for Westra Construction for seven years in Beaver Dam, WI. Then went to C.R. Meyer for eight years in Oshkosh, WI.
Darrell was diagnosed with Huntington Disease in 2012. He and his wife moved back to Iron Mountain to be closer to family and friends for support as his disease progressed. After being diagnosed he immediately joined the study in Denver Colorado where he and wife Jodi, traveled numerous times a year for testing. He wanted to contribute to finding a cure. Darrell was a very generous and giving man. He was always there to help family and friends in any way he could. We would also like you to know that Darrell gave the ultimate gift and donated to the Gift of Life.
Darrell’s passion was hunting. He loved to hunt whitetail deer and made several trips to South Dakota to pheasant hunt with his father. On the off season from hunting he enjoyed every sport imaginable. Darrell had attended the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta Georgia. He went to several U.S. Opens, Sweet 16’s, final four, and Packer games.
Darrell is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Jodi. They were married for 14 wonderful years. His parents Eldon and Judy Reed of Kingsford; Sister Delonna Reed, and her son Jonathan, Aunt Jean Taffs; mother-in-law Janice Pietrantonio; sister-in-law Donna Pietrantonio; brother-in-law David Pietrantonio and his son Tony; God daughter Kelly Rodman; and his longtime friends and wonderful support system; Steve Branz, Dan Rodman, Jack Paquette, Jim Sovey, and his sons Matt and Jacob. Darrell will be greatly missed by his dog Piper.
Darrell was preceded in death by grandparents, May (Boppie) and Marx Reed, Florence and Clarence Vance, father-in-law Donald Pietrantonio, Uncle Tony Taffs, Uncle Donald and Aunt Helen Vance.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, Mich. A memorial service will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Joshua Umbriaco will officiate.
By request of his wife Jodi she would like everyone to dress in casual attire to depict anything of the following; Packers, University of Michigan, Red Wings, Michigan Tech, Kingsford High School, Hunting Camouflage, or NASCAR.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Darrell or leave a condolence for his family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Darrell’s legacy of life.