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Vernon Joseph Reed


Vernon Joseph Reed, 77, was born on Nov. 3, 1946 and passed away on Jan. 12, 2024. Joe lost his challenge with Parkinson’s Disease.

Joe was the first of seven children born to Bernice and Bernard, Shipman.

Joe graduated from Southwestern High in 1964 and then served in the US Army in Germany. After his Army days, his was a dedicated hard worker with a long career in the Chicago area construction industry.

Joe was a grand story teller; he had a remarkable memory of his early years in New Berlin and then Shipman beginning with the family move in 1957. As for his extensive collections, he had many music albums from especially the Blues genre, a variety of hubcaps, and license plates.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Valerie; sons, Matt and Nick; his grandchildren, Vaughn, Addie and DJ; siblings, Joann (Steve) Rull, Mary Jane Reed (Aurelio Corso), Leola Still (Jim Kahl), Madonna (Jeff) Tideman, Stephen (Helen) Reed, and Tom Reed, deceased in 2020; nine nieces and nephews and their 15 children

A Celebration of Life will take place in Joliet, at a later time.

Memorial contributions preferred to: St. Denis Cemetery, Shipman, c/o J. Kelly, 10413 Kelly Road, Plainview, IL 62685.