Lloyd Allan Reed, 81, of Elizabethtown, passed away Sept. 8, 2020 at his home from Lymphoma Cancer. He was born March 31, 1939, at the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, to the late Julia Dueno Reed and James Clair Reed. His mother was born in Puerto Rico and his father was born in Alexandria.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Patsy Ann (Meyers) Reed, his son, Andrew Burnell Reed (Marilyn) and his two grandchildren, Charlotte Ann Reed and Allen McMillan Reed, all of Elizabethtown. Lloyd is also survived by his brother John Reed (Sharon) of Topeka, Kansas, and his sister Carmen Parker (Millard) of Conifer, Colorado.
He grew up on an 133-acre farm in Alexandria. The family farm dates back to the founding of the town in 1793, and was an original farm in the Hartslog Valley in an area known as the Loop. In high school, he earned money cutting wood with Robert Turnbaugh and being a golf caddy at a local course. He enjoyed hunting with his friend Tommy Simkins.
In 1957, he graduated from Juniata Valley High School and joined the Army. He was sent to boot camp at Fort Knox, Tennessee and served six months of active duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, followed by serving in the reserves until completing his military commitment in 1964. He was employed by the Dairy Herd Improvement Association as a milk tester. Encouraged by his brother John, at age 23 he enrolled at Penn State to study agricultural engineering and graduated in 1966.
He was employed by the United States Geological Survey as a hydrologist for 34 years in the Harrisburg District’s Water Resources Division. He was involved in projects involving stream flow, acid mine drainage and pesticides in runoff. Following the Mount St. Helens eruption, he was sent to the volcano to conduct surveys on impacted streams. He supported the Federal Women’s Program help for female co-workers to gain equal pay for equal work.
He loved to indulge his passion for golf with Patsy and Andrew. He loved to ski with his sister in Colorado, and to visit Branson, Missouri, with his brother. He taught his son and grandchildren to golf, ski, and bowl. He golfed for 48 continuous years in the DER Golf League in Harrisburg. He participated in several bowling leagues. One of his fun adventures was keeping his bowling team together for 20 years and never having a winning season.
He helped his family with numerous home and auto projects at which he was adept. The pride of his later years were his grandchildren, Charlotte and Allen, with whom he loved to ride roller coasters and flume rides at Knoebels and Disney World, play mini-golf and spoil them with his delicious homemade pies.
Please view the Funeral Home website at www.FinkenbinderFamily.com to read his entire obituary and the details of the future Celebration of Life service at Knoebels Grove.
Arrangements entrusted to Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Elizabethtown.