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“Worked with John for several years before transferring to District 07. He was a great mentor. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: MSgt Stephen Bein ISP RET - Work

“Please accept my sincere sympathy. My Dad Tom Montgomery rode with Mr Reed as an Illinois State Police rookie many years ago.Keeping all who knew and...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Patti Montgomery Thompson

“Rest in peace, John. Condolences to Bev, Sue, Sally and families. Lee Van Kampen ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: LEON VAN KAMPEN - Morrison, IL

“I worked with John from 1968 to 1984 in District one until we moved to Springfield. John was well liked by all of his co workers and will be...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Daniel Likar - P C BEACH, FL

“Sue, Sally & family, so very sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathies & prayers ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Andrea Dalton Dalton - Morrison, IL

“I too, am very sorry to learn of M/Sgt Reed's passing. As an inspiring young Trooper, I had the good fortune of working under John. He was a strong...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: John Simonton - Dixon, IL

“My condolences to family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold you strong in such times and comfort you with his hope! (John 6:40) ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: KS

“Very sorry to hear of John's passing. I knew John from a small child when he & my Dad worked at ISP. Then I was honored to work with him after I...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Pat Rosenow - Rock Falls, IL


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John L. Reed, of Rock Falls, passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at the age of 94, after a life well lived.

John was born on September 3, 1927 in Morrison, the son of Leon W. and Mabel (Hensel) Reed. He graduated from Morrison High School, class of 1945. John was a United States Navy Veteran and served in WWII from 1945-1946. He married Beverly Floyd on November 8, 1968 in Rock Falls. John graduated from Bradley University in Peoria in 1978 with a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement. He worked for the State of Illinois, beginning as a patrol officer and retiring as a Master Sergeant. John was a member of the Morrison American Legion, Post #328, for over 70 years and also a member of First Congregational Church in Rock Falls. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, woodworking, traveling, spending time with his family, and drinking coffee with his friends.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; his favorite daughter, Susan Bush of Morrison and his favorite daughter, Sally (Jerry) Lindsey of Morrison; five grandchildren, Stacey Reed (Tim), Bradley Bush, Shanelle (Jeremiah) Johnson, Seth (Heather) Bush, and Rustin (Laura) Lindsey; eleven great grandchildren; and one sister, Viola Powell of Prophetstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven Reed; two sisters, Mary Ann and Lila; and one brother, Bill.

Cremation rites have been accorded with the McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Rock Falls. A family graveside service with Military Honors will be held at a later date at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling with his grandson, Reverend Seth Bush officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church in Rock Falls.