Stanley Allen Reed

December 26, 1942September 23, 2013

Stanley A. Reed, 70, of Harrison Township, passed into eternal rest at his home on September 21, 2013. Born on December 26, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Margaret (Boresky) and Stanley S. Reed.

Stanley entered the US Navy in 1960 and served on the USS Fulton in New London, Connecticut. He became a journeyman electrician through J & L Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Chrysler Corp. in Hamtramck, Michigan.

He attended Henry Ford and Macomb County Community Colleges and earned his Bachelors degree in Engineering at Oakland University in 1978. In 1981, Stanley joined the Department of Defense in Detroit and eventually retired from TACOM, Warren, Michigan, in 2002.

"Stan the Man" was known to many for his varied interests and creative talents. In retirement years, he enjoyed golf, watching sports, and going to casinos. He taught himself to paint, did woodworking, and later, turned to creating stained glass.

Stan had a desire to do whatever he could for our fallen heros -- the military, firemen, or police. He designed a sailboat using stained glass; "sloops," as he referred to the sailboats. Whenever he would hear of a fallen hero from Michigan, he would make a sloop, add the the military or fire or police department insignia, and the name and rank of the "fallen hero." Why a sailboat? Stan said it represented a person's final journey on the "sea of life." Stan took such pride in delivering these to the family, always adding a little something extra tucked in the sails. The notes of thanks he often received were what he treasured the most. Anytime Stan felt that someone had been HIS "hero," they would find him delivering a sloop in their college colors, their medical or college logo, or whatever. There are many political leaders, radio/TV celebrities, and local officials who have one of Stan's sloops. Stan DONATED most of his creative stained glass items and framed military art to various Veteran Organizations, the Macomb County Sheriff's Dept., as well as gifts for family and friends. He recently helped to acquire Track Chairs for two Vietnam era veterans.

Stanley is survived by his daughter, Darlene A. Reed, grandsons Aaron E and Alexander Reed Knoke, Darlene's fiance Steve Blanke, all of Green Bay, Wisconsin; brother Lloyd (Judith) Reed of Florida; nephew Bryan Reed of Texas; nephew Jame (Julie) Contakos of North Carolina, a former wife and dear friend Marlene Reed of South Carolina, and Stan's devoted pal, his dog, Lucky.

Arrangements are through Kaul Funeral Home in Clinton Township. A Memorial Gathering will be at the funeral home from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Interment will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial contribution be made for Stan to the Disabled American Veterans, the Harrison Twp. Fire Department, the Macomb County Sheriff's Department, or a military group of choice.


  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • Burial Friday, October 4, 2013

Stanley Allen Reed

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January 24, 2014

i think about you all the time, you are so sweet. you are the nicest person i have met in my almost 14 yrs at the twp. you died on my birthday too, you were very kind to me & i'm happy to see the things you made to remind me of you everyday, rest in peace my friend. i know that i'll see all my friends who passed one day. your friend, marian. i just wished we could have hung out. i love you

Mike Neidelman

October 17, 2013

I will miss you old friend. As we entered the DLA intern program together as the only engineering interns in a class of 40 we stuck together from the start. You at DCAS Detroit and I at Williams Int. It was you who made sure we attended all our classes together and I rode your tails for three wonderful years. What happens on TDY will always stay on TDY but those were fun times. Again, it was you who knew about the Army TACOM interviews and notified me to get a resume together and join you at TACOM. As we worked there we sort of drifted apart building our respective careers but occasionally we would meet and greet and do lunch and chase baseball cards. As we both retired, we again found a way to remain friends, in our Wed 1000 Breakfast “Better be there on time and get that kitchen pass” at Rosann's with friends. I attended a couple of golf outings you magistrated in Hart,Mi and of course they were fun full days...what happens in Hart stays in Hart. The Crab feasts at your home were delicious with more good friends.
At the time I thought my knee injury in mid Aug had only kept me from finishing the golf season, unable to assist you when you called in late Aug, but it kept me from learning of your latest health concerns and being there at your sendoff. I will miss you good friend and true American...”not a AINO” (American in name only!) as you would say.
“What's the reason, the grapes are in season,
What's the price, 20 twice,
What's the action, ....satisfaction!”
My heartfelt condolences go out to Marlene, Darlene and family.
-Michael and Sheila Neidelman

Chris Thomasson

October 11, 2013

Was sorry to hear, just found out. My condolences to the family. Had good times with Stan. Golfed with him for years and we also did the annual trip to Hilton Head for years. Fun to be with no matter the score. Jerry, Bobby and now you. Rest in peace my friend... Miss you all.

October 8, 2013

Stan--such a wonderful, giving person. When we were in Michigan, you were always doing good deeds. All I can do is smile as I remember you sauntering into our home in Mt. Clemens. You will be in our hearts forever. Hugs, Kay Post

M Reed

October 8, 2013

Your memorial gathering brought many people together. Old and new friends, many friends of mine who knew you, and so many others whose lives you touched. I am sure your spirit was there as we all shared stories and rememberances. You would have been very proud of your daughter as she handled all of the preparations. With military honors we laid you to rest. Until we meet again. Love and memories. "M"

Paul & Dolly Kent

October 5, 2013

Stan, although we never met, I feel I know you. On my desk I have a the glass football with interlocking "SC" from my alma mater USC that you made for me, through Marlene's request, my wife's cousin. After reading the messages from your friends, you have a halo above your head. You must have been a real "hero" yourself. I'm sure God has fashioned a glass sail boat especially for you in heaven'

October 3, 2013

Awww, Stan, you are my new angel. I thank you always for your thoughtfulness and your consideration. You always thought of my girls and Steve and were so kind to us. Thank you for blessing my life....much love, see you tonight! Mary Ann (Sew Saintly)

Michael Lopez

October 3, 2013

On behalf of the Harrison Township Fire Department I would like to express my condolences. Stan was not only a friend to our department but to all fire fighters and police officers. We will miss Stan's visits to the fire station and will always appreciate his support through the years. His sailboats that decorate our stations will always remind us of him.

Michael Lopez
Fire Chief
Harrison Township Fire Department


October 3, 2013

I had just gotten to know Stan in the last few years through Marlene. He was quite unique! He was so very good to all of us in SC. We will all miss your calls to Marlene. Rest in peace, Stan.
"Meatloaf" Debbie

October 2, 2013

“I Gotta Go.”

Stan Reed was more than just a good man. He was kind and giving even though he often tried to hide it with a blustering way. He could rant and rave with fake and sometimes real indignation. But behind it all was an impish glee in stirring the pot.

He would call you to tell you a joke he'd told you before but really just to let you know you were in his thoughts. If you called him he would sometimes cut you off with an, “I Gotta Go,” without any explanation. But that was Stan.

He'd invite you to his crab feast, encourage you to take more and then chide you when you did. All the while trying to disguise a grin.

Without him the Hart golf outing would still be just a fishing trip for a few guys. He and Bill turned it into an event that the attendees eagerly await every year. Stan's door was always open whether at Hart or at home and he will be sorely missed.

I guess after all is said and done, he just had to go.