Rodney Reed was reunited with his Heavenly Father on April 9th, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. Rodney was born on November 18th, 1955 in Provo, Utah. He was the firstborn son of Ronald E. and Betty Lou Reed.
At 18 months old, he moved with his parents to make Snowflake, Arizona their new home. He started in first grade at Snowflake Elementary, attended Snowflake Junior High and graduated from Snowflake High in 1974. Rodney served a faithful two-year mission in Texas San Antonio from 1975-1977. Upon his return, he attended Mesa Community College, majoring in history. He had various employers, including Kerby’s Furniture, supporting himself throughout college years, until settling into his lifelong career of 31 years with Mesa Public Schools as a Facilities Assistant at O’Connor Elementary School.
In November 1986, Rodney and Charlene Goulding met at church. They soon became best friends, and on February 20th, 1988 were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple. Together they raised a beautiful family of four children: Chad, Roxanne, Jacob, and Chyanne. His family was the most important thing to him. He loved his wife and children unconditionally and spoiled his grandchildren on a regular basis.
Rodney had many hobbies and things he loved about life. Some of these hobbies included reading, writing short stories and poems, fishing and gardening. He loved watching basketball, Diamondbacks baseball, and BYU football.
Rodney was preceded in death by his mother Betty Lou and is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Charlene; his father Ronald E. (Diana) Reed; and four siblings: Russell (Neena) Reed, Randal (Peggy) Reed, Michelle (Michael) Dontas, and Cassanda (Scott) Stevens. Rodney is additionally survived by his four children: Chad Kennedy and fiancé Duygu Buyrukçu, Roxanne (Jared) Harris, and their two children Enzo and Isla; Jacob (Katy) Reed and their two children Olivia and Maria; and Chyanne (Glenn) Johnson.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 am. Services will be located at the Alta Mesa LDS Stake Center on 5350 E McLellan Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205.
The public viewing for Rodney will be held the night before on Friday, April 16th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Bunker Family Funeral Home located at 3529 E University Dr Mesa, AZ 85213.