Peter Michael Reed
November 3, 1947 – June 25, 2012
Michael Reed 1947 - 2012
Michael Reed, 64, met his Savior face to face on June 25th, 2012. He was surrounded by the ones he had loved so well: his children, grandchildren, and sweet wife. Peter M. "Michael" Reed was born on November 3rd 1947 in Bryan/College Station, Texas to Peter N. Reed and Lady Reed (Beauchamp). Michael grew up in San Antonio and attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1969 with a degree in History and Political Science. After which he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1972. Michael was a seeker of truth his whole life, possessing a gentle nature and great sense of humor; He was redeemed by Jesus in 1974 as He grew completely in love with this God who had saved him. This was the beauty Michael had always been looking for.
Michael fell entirely in love with Merlyn "Meri" Wigington, of San Antonio, Texas, "the most beautiful woman on earth." Michael and Meri were married on November 27th, 1976 in San Antonio, Texas. Michael loved his wife more every year of his life. They moved to California where he attended Melody Land School of Theology. After graduating, the family moved to Victoria, Texas where Michael was a pastor and school teacher at Koinonia, a small Christian church and school. Soon Michael was the proud daddy of four little girls; Mariah Elizabeth, Christianna Dawn, Michelle Renee, and Charity Anne. He adored them. They adored him. He often said, "To be a father of girls is to be a king." And in the years to come he became the proud Papa of Peter David Michael, who also carries both Michael and his grandfather's names.
When Michael felt the Lord was calling him to practice law, he attended the University of Texas School of Law while he and Meri raised their young children. He graduated in 1988. Michael took a position at McCreary Veselka, Bragg, and Allen Attorneys at Law, in Austin, Texas. For the next 24 years, he practiced law with this firm. He has personally appeared in proceedings in thirteen different states and before the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Michael and Meri were also leaders in the house church movement in Austin, Texas, and for over 15 years, they have led a Christian mother and daughter ministry called COMMIT. He was a papa to everyone who came into his home and to all of those girls. In 2008 Michael and Meri again moved to Redding California, overjoyed to see their entire family move near them. Michael filled his life and his house with the worship of God, and the people of God. He and Meri found such deep happiness in their last home together. He was the best friend of his grandson, Johann, age 6. Michael was profoundly kind and caring. He was a true southern gentleman, making everyone he met feel welcomed and loved. He became a friend and father in spirit to four young men who married his daughters and to one affianced daughter who will marry his son in the garden of a yard that Michael lovingly prepared for them, finishing the deck only hours before he went home. Michael never stopped pursuing the hearts of his wife and children, ending his days surrounded by, quite possibly, the happiest family on earth.
Michael was preceded in death by his father Peter N. Reed, his younger brother Christopher Reed, and his grandson Judah Thompson. Michael is survived by his mother Lady Reed of Boerne, Texas; his brother David Reed of San Antonio, Texas; his sister Melinda Cedillo of Boerne, Texas; his wife Meri Reed of Redding, California; daughter Mariah Wilde, her husband Chris, and their children of Gonzales, Texas; daughter Christianna Maas, her husband Daryl, and their children of Redding, California; daughter Michelle Thompson and her husband Ted of Redding, California; daughter Charity Osorio and her husband Geovany of Cuenca, Ecuador; son Peter David Michael Reed and his wife Hannah Hayes of Redding, California.
A public memorial ceremony is being held in Round Rock, Texas, on July 10, 2012 @ 3:30 P.M. at True Life Fellowship. Memorials may be made to Familylink Children's Home 13326 North Highway 183, Gonzales, TX 78629. Please sign the guestbook at http://obituaries.redding.com
- Graveside Service Friday, June 29, 2012
Peter Michael Reed
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June 10, 2016
I knew Mike as a friend and pastor of house church at his and Mary's home. His views, speech and decisions as far as I know always took into account the Lord's will and His teaching. Mike was gentle, humble, peaceful and expressed wisdom. In every interaction he did let you feel that he cares about you a lot. At times of house church meetings we felt a wonderful hospitality of Mike and Meri and focus on God's Word and His love was inspiring. After my move out of Austin, TX I missed Mike and Meri and their house church meetings. Now, when I think about Mike my consolation is that he is filled with joy being near his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
August 27, 2012
I am very saddened by the passing of my college instructor and friend, to whom I owe the foundation of my knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, a fellow lawyer who brought impeccable honor to a profession often bereft of it, a man who exuded the fruit of the Holy Spirit every moment I was in his presence. May he rest in the presence of the Lord awaiting the glorious Resurrection of the Dead and the life of the world to come.
August 27, 2012
Mike always presented the grace of God. On the phone maybe six months ago, I told him about my mens group, how I am able to mentor some fellow guys. Mike said, "Wow! You're still helping people? That's great! Still helping people, that's so good to hear!" No complicated standards, no primal misgivings — just an exuberant affirmation. I miss Mike very much.
July 19, 2012
Am deeply saddened yet rejoicing with you to know that he is in the very presence of Jesus. God bless you all!
Sonny & Theresa Ordonez
July 9, 2012
Just got the news, Meri and family,our deepest condolences.Mike was a gentle-loving man, husband and father. He encouraged us everytime we were with him. God Bless you Meri and you are in our prayers. We love you.
Alice Snyder Cude
July 6, 2012
So thankful that I had the opportunity to know Mike. He demonstrated Jesus to the world. I remember when I showed up at school after having had my kitten put to sleep. The vet said I had to take the kitten to the Health Dept. to be checked for rabies because it had bitten me. Mike, with such compassion, took the dead kitten for me to the Health Dept. That meant so much to me. I learned so much from him, and enjoyed singing my songs for him because he was such an encouragement. I pray God's comfort for your hearts. I love you, Meri and family.
July 5, 2012
One of the most inspiring people I have known and have had the privilege of having as a Bible, Writing, and History Professor. A person of good character. A friend to everyone who would take the opportunity to know him. Someone you don't make enough money to pay to teach you but he would teach you for nothing. It is a sad commentary on my part that I did not spend more time with him while he was in this area but I am glad to have spent the time I was able to spend. I hope his dear wife Meri and family can look past their familiarity with him and find comfort in this time of grief for us all but imagine particularly for them. I am assured by the Venial nature of the Word of God and by God's mercy I will be able to fellowship with him again.
July 5, 2012
It has been many years since I last spoke with Mike. I remember him as a dear brother, devoted to the Lord, God's Word, and to his family. I especially appreciated his mentoring in what it meant to be a husband and father.
July 4, 2012
Mike was an instrument both in my salvation and my early mentoring. With his hippie background he was well able to relate.
I will always remember a sermon he once preached concerning the foolishness of man; men changing the price tags on items, giving the cheap things high value and the valuable things little value.
My love and condolences go out to Meri, the girls, and 'the boy.'
July 1, 2012
My precious precious godbrother. wow. I love Michael so very much. We grew up together as our parents were best friends. It has been so very soothing through our adult years knowing that he and his beloved Meri were spreading the word of our Father throughout the world. Dear, Michael, I look forward to the celebration of reunion with you one day. And Meri, my love and prayers go forward for you and your family.
Your Sister in Christ, Gayle
June 30, 2012
Meri this is The Koehn family, Carissa's Mom. We are so heart broken to hear of your sweet and dear husbands passing. I remember back to the COMMIT conference at the Dallas Ministry Center in March and the way he added such a gentle touch. It was so wonderful to have a man that was so gentle and full of life and Joy be there to bring encouragement to the ladies present. His gentle spirit really ministered to my heart and the heart of the woman and daughters that attended. He will be missed but oh what a rich reward he is experiencing spending time with Jesus. It is our loss but he is rejoicing with his Father.
I wish I could give you a bug hug. I truly see you as a sister in the Lord and My heart hurts for you.
Prayers and Blessings,
The Koehn Family
June 28, 2012
Michael now gets to experience first hand all that he read and spoke about all his life. I know if he were here he would say, "Don't weep for me".
Michael's passing to glory is heaven's gain and our loss. Our hearts go out to Meri and the children. I keep thinking back to a time when David was little and he was staring out the window of our suburban and I asked him if he was okay. He said, "Yeah, I am just thinking about my dad."
Michael was a wonderful husband, dad, and friend.
Tammy, Richard, Brent, Emily and Carolynn Galbraith