Jon Douglas Reed, 75, of Spotsylvania County passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.
Jon was born in Three Rivers, Michigan, the son of Gretchen and Robert Reed. He is predeceased in death by one sister, Constance. Jon proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.
Jon attended Northwestern University, the University of Rhode Island and graduated from Midwestern Broadcasting School in Traverse City, Michigan. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the broadcasting industry, having served as radio program director in New Orleans, Denver, Kansas City, Dayton and in Fredericksburg at WFLS for 13 years. After retiring from WFLS, Jon continued with his love of radio with WGRQ until the time of his death. As a program director and announcer, Jon was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations for excellence throughout his broadcasting career. Jon was an avid aviation enthusiast having attained a Certified Flight Instructor rating and a Commercial Pilot license with an instrument rating. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved spending summer vacations on Kiawah Island, South Carolina with all of his family. He will be forever missed and loved.
Survivors include his wife, Valerie Reed; his children, Bradley Reed (Aurore), Douglas Reed (Penelope), and Shannon Coleman (Patrick); and his grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Jack Coleman, Sabina Reed, Simone Reed, and Alex Reed.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 12 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A Mass of Celebration will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Thursday October 12th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Oak Hill Cemetery
Friday October 13th, 2017
1902 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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St. Jude Catholic Church
Friday October 13th, 2017
10725 Courthouse Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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Just heard this morning of Jon's passing. So sad to hear the news. I worked with Jon at FLS from '94 to 2000. Had not seen him since, until 2015 when we bumped into each other at the Target at Massaponax. It was so good to see him again and to catch up. I have fond memories of my time working under Jon and always enjoyed our conversations and aircheck sessions. Val, I will be praying for you and your family. Know that you are not alone in missing Jon today. - Kenny Robinson
Submitted by Kenny Robinson on Jan 14 2018 03:15:19 PM
Jon was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed having conversations with him that ranged from radio stories, to Abu Dhabi, to flying, to politics, to the Detroit Lions. He always had a unique insight, and great dry humor.
I will be forever indebted to him for making a special night possible with my daughters by arranging tickets for us to attend a Kenny Chesney concert. It was his way of thanking me for something that I had done for him that I considered to be a minor thing, and he responded in kind by creating a memory that my girls and I still talk about today.
Val, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jon will be missed by me and many others in the community, and we were truly fortunate to have had him in our lives.
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I was his little girl and still am at 43! Remember that he would always say how proud he was of me. All the time!! His hugs were always so infectious and genuine. He was the kind of person that would ALWAYS put your needs before his own. There was such a gentle, kind, warm, generous and quiet nature about him. I miss our little talks and just being there. I am the luckiest daughter to have such a wonderful father. I am truly blessed to say that this was the most special person I had in my life and so many wonderful memories that I will always treasure. I love you dad. To be honest, I have so many wonderful things to say about him that would take days to finish. I have them all locked away in my memory. He was my hero.
You held my hand when I was small
You caught me when I fell
You're the hero of my childhood
and my later years as well
and every time I think of you
My heart still fills with pride
Though I'll always miss you dad
I know you're by my side
In laughter and in sorrow
In sunshine and through rain
I know you're watching over me
Until we meet again
God Bless you Dad! I love you so much
Submitted by shannon coleman on Oct 11 2017 07:14:41 PM
We are very sorry to hear about Jon and our thoughts are with you and the entire Reed family during this difficult time. We met you and Jon while Brad was in Dubai.
With deepest sympathy,
Dan & Debbie Simpson
Submitted by Dan & Debbie Simpson on Oct 11 2017 06:55:07 PM
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