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Larry O. Reed

Aug 12, 2012 Staff

Larry O. Reed of Riverton died Friday, July 27, 2012, at his home. He was 69 years old.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. Private family memorial services will be at a later date.

Larry Orvil Reed was born Feb. 23, 1943, in Hotchkiss, Colo., to Joseph and Leora Glenrose (Pitt) Reed.

He grew up in Lander and attended Lander schools.

He graduated from Big Sky Barber and Cosmetology College in Billings, Mont., graduating valedictorian of his class as master barber and stylist.

Mr. Reed served in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam and was stationed in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Cuba.

He was honorably discharged as lance corporal.

He married Delylah Adams and had four children to that union. They later divorced.

He married Sandra Lee Valley on June 1, 1994, at the Taft Ranch south of Lander.

His family said he loved his family and enjoyed fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities. He had also been active in the 1838 Rendezvous Mountain Man Association.

He worked as a barber in Lander and Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and owned "Larry's Barber Shop" in Lander. He also worked in Bethel, Alaska, 25 miles from the North Pole, managing the local grocery store.

He had also moved around the United States doing pipeline and fiber optic installation, was a deli manager and worked with his family for Nu-Way Catering in Lander.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; two sons, Shane and Vance Reed of Riverton; two daughters, Rebecca Reed of Riverton and Deanna Dupea and her husband David of Billings, Mont.; grandchildren Justin Reed, Gina Reed, Ashley Reed, Jennifer Reed, Elizabeth Reed, Vance Sebastian Reed, Christian Lawrence Reed and Megan Reed; three great-grandchildren Kiana, Asher and Cooper Reed.; and brother Harry Reed and his wife Shirley of Lander.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Reed and Leora Hagerman; two sisters, Joanne Colter and Barbara Ellen Girten.

Memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton (

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