BREITUNG TOWNSHIP — Darrell Reed, 50 of Breitung Township passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Dickinson County Hospital, from a UTV accident on Thursday morning, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1967, the son of Eldon and Judy (Vance) Reed. Darrell graduated from Kingsford High School in 1985. Then went on to graduate from Michigan Tech University and received his degree as a civil engineer in 1990. He met his wife Jodi (Pietrantonio) in Iron Mountain in 1991 through mutual friends. They dated for 12 years and were married on July 26, 2003.
After graduating from college, Darrell worked for Westra Construction for seven years in Beaver Dam, Wis. Then went to C.R. Meyer for eight years in Oshkosh, Wis.
Darrell was diagnosed with Huntington Disease in 2012. He and his wife moved back to Iron Mountain to be closer to family and friends for support as his disease progressed. After being diagnosed he immediately joined the study in Denver, Colo. where he and wife Jodi traveled numerous times a year for testing. He wanted to contribute to finding a cure.
Darrell was a very generous and giving man. He was always there to help family and friends in any way he could. We would also like you to know that Darrell gave the ultimate gift and donated to the Gift of Life.
Darrell passion was hunting. He loved to hunt whitetail deer and made several trips to South Dakota to pheasant hunt with his father. When it wasn’t hunting season, he enjoyed every sport imaginable. Darrell attended the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He went to several U.S. Opens, Sweet 16s, final four, and Green Bay Packer games.
Darrell is survived by his loving and dedicated wife, Jodi. They were married for 14 wonderful years.
He is further survived by his parents, Eldon and Judy Reed of Kingsford; sister, Delonna Reed, and her son Jonathan; aunt, Jean Taffs; mother-in-law, Janice Pietrantonio; sister-in-law, Donna Pietrantonio; brother-in-law, David Pietrantonio and his son Tony; goddaughter, Kelly Rodman; and his longtime friends and wonderful support system, Steve Branz, Dan Rodman, Jack Paquette, and Jim Sovey; and his sons, Matt and Jacob. Darrell will be greatly missed by his dog, Piper.
Darrell was preceded in death by grandparents, May (Boppie) and Marx Reed of Florence and Clarence Vance; father-in-law, Donald Pietrantonio; uncle, Tony Taffs; and uncle, Donald and aunt, Helen Vance.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain, with the service to follow at 7 p.m.
By request of his wife Jodi, she would like everyone to dress in casual attire to depict anything of the following: Packers, University of Michigan, Red Wings, Michigan Tech, Kingsford High School, hunting camouflage, or NASCAR.
Condolences to the family of Darrell Reed may be expressed online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.