Frank Reed

Frank Wallace Reed

Sunday, May 31st, 2020
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Frank Wallace “Wally” Reed, 90, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield after a fall at his home.

Born in Chadron, Nebraska to Frank D. Reed and Valeria Schaper, his family moved to California in 1939. Two brothers, Gerry and Toni soon joined the Reed family.

He leaves his wife of 72 years, Janet Grimes Reed; his son Bill Reed and wife, Vicky of Windermere, Florida; his daughter Marta Reed and husband Curtis Harms of Bakersfield, California; his son Robert Reed of Bakersfield, California; six grandchildren: Noelle Reed Marion and husband Todd of South Hadley, Massachusetts; Stefani Reed Baker and husband Robert of France; Jason Reed of California; Tamarra Harms and husband Josh Beaulieu of Bakersfield; Addison Reed of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Tanner Reed Cervantes and husband Michael of Texas. He is also survived by 9 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Gerry and his son Donald.

Wally, the fourth generation of the Reed family working in newspaper publishing, began working in the family business at the age of eleven, after his father bought the Arvin Tiller in 1941. He helped operate the newspaper and commercial job presses. Wally became a partner in the Arvin Tiller with his father in 1951. He became the sole owner of the Arvin Tiller in 1973 and continued to buy other local newspapers. In 1982 the business incorporated as ReedPrint Incorporated and the group published the Arvin Tiller, the Lamont Reporter, the Shafter Press, the Wasco Tribune and the Delano Record.

Wally had an avid interest in flying his Cessna 210 plane and traveling around the world. He treasured his wife Janet of 72 years and all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Wally was an active member of the Arvin community and received an award in 2016 for being an Arvin Lions Club member for 70 years. The family owned business, a newspaper and commercial printing company, was in business for 77 years.

Services will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Greenlawn Memorial Park Southwest located at 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, California 93313, visitation will be 1:00-2:00 p.m. and the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. in the Celebration of Life Center.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 8th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, June 8th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest - Celebration of Life Center
    2739 Panama Lane
    Bakersfield, CA 93313
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, June 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, June 8th, 2020 2:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest - Celebration of Life Center
    2739 Panama Lane
    Bakersfield, CA 93313
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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