Ray C. Reed 83 of Altamont, IL, formerly of Beecher City, IL, passed away at 9:20 AM Monday Dec. 26, 2011 with his family at his side in St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.

Ray was born Dec. 28, 1927 in Loudon Twp., Fayette Co. the son of Cleve and Katie Durbin Reed.

Ray was a member of the American Legion Post of Effingham, IL and the V.F.W. Post #4829 of Shelbyville.Ray was a veteran of the Korean War and served in Korea as a private in 7th Army.

Ray was a retired grain and livestock farmer.

He is survived by daughters: Vickie Beck of Stony Point, NC, Donna Smith and husband Mike of Phoenix, AZ, Rita Smith and husband Gary of Cowden, IL and son Mark Reed of Beecher City, IL; three grandsons: Jacob Smith of Beecher City, Justin Smith of San Diego, CA and Jared Smith of Cowden, IL; eight granddaughters: Angie Issac of North Carolina, Aundrea Beck of North Carolina, Chelsie Smith of Arizona, Macy Reed, Mariah Reed, Camie Reed, Beau Reed and Honora Reed all of Beecher City; four great granddaughters: Taylor Smith, Kayla and Sara Issac, and Serena Rodriguez; great grandson Andrew Beck; one step-great grandson Colton Sphar, brothers: Alfred” Pete” Reed of Beecher City andSteve Reed of Altamont, IL.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Joe, Gene, Presley, Leslie and sisters: MaDonna and Bonnie.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday Jan. 6, 2012 in Beecher City Cemetery in Beecher City, IL with military rites by the Shelby County Honor Guard. Arrangements are entrusted to Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City.