David Stryker Reed
June 07, 1932 - July 12, 2012
Online Obituaries for the Port Charlotte, Venice,
Englewood, & Punta Gorda FL Area
David Stryker Reed died on July 12, 2012 after a brief illness at the age of 80. He was born on June 7, 1932 in Mukden (Shenyang), Manchuria, China. His father was a graduate of Cornell University and went to China with the Standard Vacuum Oil Company. His mother was a graduate of Wellesley College and went to China to teach English. They met there and married. Davidís brother, Richard, was born in 1929. In 1935, after the Japanese invaded China, the family moved to Singapore and Dave attended elementary school. The family returned to the United States soon thereafter and lived in Washington, New Jersey. Daveís father returned to Singapore, but due to the threat of war with Japan, his wife and sons remained in New Jersey as Standard disallowed women and children to return to the Far East. After Pearl Harbor, his father returned to the U.S. and the family moved to Maplewood, New Jersey. Later, his father worked in India during the second world war. After the war, his parents returned to Asia while David and his brother stayed in the U.S. for school. David attended Williston Academy in East Hampton, Massachusetts for high school.
He attended Cornell University for a year and then joined the United States Navy. He attended Aviation Electronics School and was part of the VP3-PV2 Anti Submarine Warfare Squadron. He did five-month tours in North Africa and Iceland. In 1955, he left the Navy and later graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in electrical engineering. He married the former Caroline Fuller and moved to Southern California in 1959. They had two sons and two daughters. He worked as an engineer for RCA and Bunker Ramo/General Electric Corporations, designing electronics equipment and computers for the defense of our country. He was always active with his children. He led Indian Guides, umpired softball leagues, coached soccer, remodeled a kitchen and planted a backyard.
He married Eleanor Anderson Eysenring in 1982. They retired in 1994 to Tellico Lake in Tennessee and later moved to Venice, Florida. During that time they often traveled to see friends in the United States, and in 2001 visited the Far East, including a trip to his former home in Singapore. He enjoyed activities with his family such as body surfing at the beach, swimming and boating. He read voraciously, especially about conservative politics and free markets. He volunteered in the schools and at the Venice Trinity Presbyterian Food Bank. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his sons Michael Reed (and his wife Mary) of El Cajon, California and Thomas Reed of San Bruno, California, his daughters Genie Cormode (and her husband Scott) of Glendora, California and Susan Reed of Seattle, Washington, his stepdaughter Ann Eysenring of Malibu, California and four grandchildren, Benjamin Sullivan, Emma Reed, Elizabeth Cormode and Donley Cormode.
Services will be private.
Light a Special Candle
Send a Heart of Condolence
Printer Friendly Version