James F. Reed: May 26, 1937 – Nov. 21, 2020



On Nov. 21, 2020, James F. Reed of Oak Harbor, Wash., passed away at the age of 83.

Jim was born in Seattle, Wash., on May 26, 1937, to Margaret and Fredrick Reed. He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife June, to whom he was married for 46 years.

Jim was an amazing man who lived a full and active life. His contagious and compassionate personality captivated and impacted everyone he came into contact with. Jim was a true patriot and served in the Army, was in the Vietnam War, lived in many foreign countries and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. After retirement from the Army, he served the Navy in a civilian capacity. He held himself to the highest levels of duty, decency, reliability, honor, dignity and respect —- for himself and others. Not only was he held in high esteem by others, but he held himself to these qualities every day during his time on this earth.

Jim loved to have fun and was an adventurous person. He and June traveled the world, spent time with friends and family, shared his love of cooking, drove his Corvette around the country and took as many cruises as he could. His biggest love was his wife June, who was always at his side. We have a deep peace of mind and spirit knowing that he is reunited with her and at peace. He’s now taking his final journey to our Father’s loving arms in heaven.

Jim is survived by his daughters Tami Santerre and Lori Waisanen; sons-in-law Kevin Santerre and Jon Waisanen; grandson James Felker and his wife Rebecca; and his granddaughter Jessica Felker and her partner, Jacob Mitchell.

In honor of our father’s wishes, no services will be held. Instead, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date to be determined next summer or fall, at a time when friends and family can safely gather to share stories and memories of our parents and to have full military honors for Jim.

“We cried endlessly when you died, but we promise we won’t let the tears mar the smiles and endless love you gave us when you were alive.”

We respectfully request that, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to woundedwarriorproject.org, which supports wounded veterans in need, or tilvalhallaproject.com, which honors legacies of fallen warriors and saves lives of those warriors currently struggling. Our father would be proud of support for our warriors and veterans.

Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com

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