Ralph Robert Reed of Poteet passed away November 6, 2019 with his son and daughter-in-law by his side.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Lois Oliver Reed; father, Charles Robert Reed; sisters, Bonnie “Twinks” Iandolo and Verna Lea Frankin; and brothers, Charles William Reed and Day Ion Ray Reed.
He is survived by his son Ralph “Randy” Reed and his wife Kimberly; granddaughters, Megan and Marissa Reed of Poteet as well as many nieces and nephews who knew him as “Uncle Seatus” a term of endearment given to him by his brother and best friend, Day Ion.
Ralph is also survived by his specia1 lady friend, Sally Zimmerman of San Antonio, with whom he shared many fun times dancing and traveling.
Ralph graduated from Poteet High School, where many may remember “Ramblin Ralph Reed” for his football accolades. He went on to join the Coast Guard and was stationed at Iwo Jima. After his years of service he returned to attend Trinity University where he earned a degree in Business Administration and also played football for the Tigers. He was a mason and a member of The American Legion.
Ralph married and raised a son, Randy Reed whom he loved very much and was so proud of that he fondly introduced Randy to everyone as his ‘’baby boy.”
Ralph had a great love for his granddaughters, Megan and Marissa, who he was proud of and often bragged about. You could find him sharing banana splits with the girls at Dairy Queen or Friday nights at the games cheering with them under the stadium lights or teaching them how to drive and fix his tractor.
If you knew Ralph you knew he had a knack for telling jokes and stories of his adventures. Reminiscing about his days playing football brought him great joy.
We want to leave you with some last words from Ralph … “I had a great life. I wanted to play football, so that’s what I did.” Ralph was a free spirit and lived his life by his own rules and we respected that. With that in mind, he did not want a funeral or a memorial service so we are honoring his wishes. Instead he asked that you remember him running on the football field or by the last inappropriate joke he told you.