Herb Reed: 1939 ~ 2016


Herbert Dana Reed of Three Rivers died Tuesday, June 28, 2016. He was 76.

No services are scheduled at this time. 

Herb was born December 21, 1939, in Tulare, Calif., to Herbert C. Reed and Edna Mae McPhillamey Reed. As a young child, Herb enjoyed visiting his grandparents’ farm in Wyoming, spending his summer vacations in the beautiful outdoors and eventually working on the farm, bailing hay and tending the cows. 

In 1957, Herb graduated from Tulare Union High School. He entered the Coast Guard, and after his discharge from service he continued his lifelong dream of travel adventures throughout the world.

Herb had several interesting careers. He was a delivery truck driver for Coca Cola in Oakland and later drove for Producers Dairy in Tulare County. 

It is hard to tell which of his last two ventures he enjoyed most. He owned and operated “Herbie’s White Water Rafting” for six years, spending summers guiding raft tours on the scenic and historic American River near Sacramento. Later, he purchased a 1930 steam-operated Chevrolet popcorn truck and traveled the county fair circuit in California for 16 years. 

The antique popcorn truck was a standout at all events, and Herb enjoyed meeting fair-goers and talking about the logistics of making popcorn the old-fashioned way.

In 1979, Herb married Margaret Deane Lamb in the Elderwood foothills, amid the wildflowers of spring. The couple resided in Tulare to manage their busy careers. 

In 2007, Herb and Deane retired to Three Rivers, building their dream home along the banks of the Kaweah River. 

Herb loved travelling, a good story, and visits with family and friends. He was known for his sense of humor, repertoire of magic tricks, and winning skills when playing Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit. 

Herb had special relationships with his sister’s children, Kerry and Greg, enjoying pranks and gales of laughter mixed into all their visits.

Herb is survived by his wife  of 37 years, Deane; his sister, Denise, and husband Don Evans; his niece, Kerry, her husband, Eric Barger, and their children, Kristina and Kelsey; his nephew, Greg Evans, wife Adrienne, and their children, Parker and Chase; and  longtime friends Jim and Connie Grant.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Salvation Army, St. Jude’s Hospital, and Friends of the Three Rivers Library. A memorial tribute may be written to the family by logging onto www.salseranddillard.com.

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