Omar Olan Reed, also fondly known as “Dooter,” was born on April 13, 1940, the son of John Oscar and Verna May (Crossland) Reed/Jones. He passed away on March 17, 2019 at 2:46 a.m. at the age of 78 in the comfort of his daughter’s home surrounded by the love of family.
Dooter’s loves were fishing at Udall Lake, deer hunting and tinkering with anything that didn’t run, making the item he was working on halfway work. His children often called this “dooterizing.” He was pretty handy at tinkering on boat motors, often having a random show mobile around when the grandkids were small. Dooter was always prepared for fun at a moment’s notice.
He married the loved of his life, Sharon Kay Bennett, at the young age of 21. She tamed him for a few years, making him the father of four wonderful children, John Roy, Loretta Kaye, Tena Marie and Patricia Lynn. Life was sweet but it caught up with them and in 1977 they divorced for a short period of time. Then came their fifth child, Tammy Louise, and they remarried, staying together for a total of 52 years until life once again played a hand in their game.
Dooter loved his children and grandchildren, whether he was teaching them how to fish or how to love unconditionally about the things that are near and dear to the heart. Fishing was his hobby. He could catch a big ol’ striper and not stretch the truth about just how big or how long it took to land that thing only because there was a picture taken so he could back up his story. He loved to dance; anyone he danced with could tell you he was light on his feet and could lead an angel to dance.
Full of life and always a bundle of fun, he could prank you and love you with the same heart.
Dooter was baptized in February 1970 at Hamilton Creek surrounded by family. Life caught up with him, but never forgetting the Lord, he was brought back to the Lord shortly before his passing. He was at peace with his Lord and Savior; he was ready to go home and be with his loved ones that had already gone before.
Dooter was preceded in death by his parents, John and Verna Reed; stepfather, Charles Jones; siblings, Ruth Bradley, Ruby Nixon, Otis Reed, Oscar Reed and Otho Henry Reed; and a granddaughter, Ladonna Faye Shelton.
He is survived by his children, John Roy, Loretta Kaye, Tena Marie, Patricia Lynn and Tammy Louise; the love of his life, Sharon Reed; 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and many friends.
The family will be hosting a celebration of life at Mtn. Grove Family Church on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Visitation will be at 3:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Terry Ramming officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Cabool Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions be made to Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home or in c/o Tena McGearey to the funeral home.