The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA


David Lee Reed

September 18, 1957July 30, 2020

David Lee Reed “Tennessee”, 62, of Davenport, Iowa passed away on Thursday, July 30th 2020.

Tennessee was born in Independence, Iowa on September 18th, 1957 to Wendell and Helyn Reed. He very proudly served in the army before becoming a disabled vet, he had several jobs that he enjoyed including driving a school bus, working with glass, and driving a semi-truck over the road. He was the father to one son and three daughters. But his pride and joy were his grandkids: Desi, X Man, DK, Boo, Little Bit, and BB; who called him Pa Paw.

Tennessee spent most of his free time helping people with jobs around their house, working on cars, drinking whiskey, and yelling at people on bikes that their back wheel was turning. His hands were shakier than a washing machine on the spin cycle, but he used his mind control powers to get every job done. He loved being with family. He was famous for the jerky that he made. He could spend hours playing candy crush, or watching jeopardy or law and order SVU. He was one of the biggest Green Bay Packers fans ever, and would swear up and down he was better than every player on the field when they made a mistake! He loved watching Nascar on Sundays when he wasn’t watching football. He was one of the most frequent customers at HyVee, but if anyone asked if he needed anything it was always a stack of 50’s about this high.

Tennessee was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Military Honors will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the All Vets Monument in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery with A Celebration of Life to follow at the VFW (101 S. Linwood Avenue, Davenport, IA.) from 2 - 6 P.M.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Joshua; three daughters, Keri, Ariel, and Roxanne; five brothers, Steve, Allen, Tracy, Kenneth, and Scott; and three sisters, Randie, Wendy, and Stacy.

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Alicia Miller

August 5, 2020

I remember when we first moved back to Davenport Tennessee aka Dave opened his little 2 bedroom apartment to my mom her husband and us 4 kids plus he had 2 of his own that lived there too ! We lived with him for a good year until my mom got on her feet! He was so kind hearted and treated us just like his own yes I remember him always telling every darn kid that road there bikes that there back wheel was turning or he would say u dropped something and we would look he would say your back pocket 😂 !!! There is so much to say about Dave there just not enough time In the day to do it ! Rest easy buddy and watch over your beautiful kids and grandkids ! Tell my momma I love her and miss her hug her tight ! Right on !! ❤️♥️🙏🏼

Tina Katzenburger

August 3, 2020

Ariel & Family, I am at a complete loss. My heart goes out to you all. Tennessee was always willing to stop and chat, and share a kind word. I will say a prayer for you all. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

Ginger Turner

August 2, 2020

Gosh what can I say, so much so very much. I got to know Tennessee 15-20 years ago. He was working at legion in Durant and I was working at post office in Iowa City. I needed a handyman and he was able to do the work needed. Even though this was a working relationship we learned to love and respect each other along the way in spite of our faults. Tennessee was the one that was responsible for keeping in touch more than I and bless him for doing so. No matter what the job was I had for him he was up for it and lord knows I had him in cracks and crevices no man should go. LOL We laughed about that often but he would say but that fried fat back bacon and cream puffs kept me coming back for more :) Even when both of us were to weak and ill to last more than a couple hours we still did what we could.
Both of us were of a gutsy nature.. When I had a heart attack and could not even move and my mate and own son could care less Tennessee was there every day and stayed by my side. Now I just want to say, I sure am going to miss him, not as a mate, not as a relative, not as a girlfriend but just as a long time honest friend. I am going to miss you little buddy. My ears are going to get so empty and my heart goes out to your family


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