Robert B. Reed, age 83, a long time Fort Scott dentist, died early Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, at the Fort Scott Medicalodge.
He was born March 8, 1922, in LaCygne, the son of Robert G. Reed and Bettie Burns Reed. When he was a child, the family moved to Fort Scott, where he graduated from both Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Junior College. He served as a U.S. Navy aviator during World War II and, following his active military service, he attended and graduated from the Kansas City University School of Dentistry. He continued to serve with the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1950, when he transferred to the dental corps. He served in that capacity for 22 years.
Reed operated his own dental practice in Fort Scott for 42 years, retiring in 1992. He also served a term as disaster chairman for the local American Red Cross chapter, and as a tornado spotter for 42 years. He had been a licensed pilot for 51 years and was an avid flyer until 1992. He served as chairman of the Fort Scott Municipal Airport Advisory Committee during the early 1960s.
His other memberships included the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, where had had served two terms as senior warden.
He was the last of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Ann Learmonth.
Following cremation, graveside services will take place at a later date at the U.S. National Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott.