Carroll S. Reed

Carroll Sherman Reed, age 93, passed away suddenly in Lansing, Michigan on November 15, 2010.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 15, 1917, son of Clair S. and Miriam L. Reed.

He graduated from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio and graduated from the University of Cincinnati as a Civil Engineer in 1941. He also attended Wooster College and Kent State University in Ohio and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1941 he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval reserve, served in World War II from 1941-1946 mostly in the Naval Air Transport Service and the West Coast Base Service Unit and he continued in the active reserve and retired in 1967 with the rank of Commander, USN. He worked several years with his father, a construction contractor in Canton, Ohio and after military service became the Engineer fro the Metal Lath Manufacturers Association in Cleveland, Ohio.

On August 27, 1949, he married Dorothy Anderson from New Jersey, a former WAVE that he met at the U.S. Naval Air Station (Floyd Bennett Field) Brooklyn, New York. In 1952 he joined the J.E. Greiner Co. of Baltimore, General Consultants for the Ohio Turnpike and Indiana Toll Road projects and in 1957 moved from South Bend, Indiana to Lansing, Michigan to be an engineer with the Michigan Department of Highways. He retired in April 1980 after 22 years, primarily as Coordinating Engineer for Design Projects and a Right-of-Way Engineering Specialist. He was a registered Engineer in Ohio and Michigan. He was an active member in the Michigan State Employee Retirees Association (President in 1987 and was currently serving as President) and was Travel Editor for the SERA-NADE, the State Employee Retirees Coordinating Council, the BPO Elks Lodge #196, American Legion Post #530, the Reserve Officers Association, a charter member of Les Danseurs Ballroom Dance Club (President 1967-69), Lansing Civic Players, the Transportation Men’s Club, a 45-consecutive-year member of the Highway Transportation golf and 37 years in bowling league, the Naval Air Transport Service Inc., the Military Officers Association of America and the Unity Church of Greater Lansing. He owned a number of income properties in Lansing and was a photographer for several organizations.  Carroll loved to travel, especially on cruises and he and Dotty went on 16 cruises and he took some of his children and grandchildren on three more cruises; also was proud to have set foot in all 50 states and many foreign countries.

Carroll was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Reed.  He is survived by his three daughters, Donna L. Peterman (Glenn Lopez), Nancy C. Binkley (Bruce Cole) and Marilyn K. Reed (husband, Darryl Smith) and son Curtis S. Reed (Mylene Lintz), all of Lansing, plus seven grandchildren: Shannon, William (wife, Mandy) and Molly Peterman; and Kyle (wife, Kendra), Sean (wife, Erin) and Casey (Robert Casler) Binkley, and Isabel Reed, one great-granddaughter Layla Jane Binkley, a sister Corinne Abatt of Beverly Hills, Michigan, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Friday, November 19, 2010 at Noon at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Contributions may be made to Michigan Special Olympics Area 8 and American Legion Post #530.

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Al & Sandy Rios
November 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

Sorry to hear about your Dad! Carroll will be missed at the lake! Thinking about all of you and praying for you!
Al & Sandy Rios & Family
Lansing, Michigan

Scott and Judy House
November 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. It was my pleasure to get the opportunity to meet such a wonderful man. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Jerry & Phyllis Zeller Blood
November 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Only our friend, Carroll would depart this life on the celebration of his birthday. He and his dear, departed wife Dotty have been special friends to us through the years. They brought a wonderful family into this world and we always enjoyed receiving the annual family pictures. Jerry and I were able to assist Carroll and Dotty in booking their favorite cruises with their friends through the years. They loved travel and adventure and we could hardly wait for their return home to see the wonderful pictures that Carroll took. Their home was always full of activity – theatre and dance club parties and true “Norman Rockwell” Christmas gatherings. Jerry and I thank God for sharing Carroll and Dotty with us on our life’s journey.

Rick Nelson
November 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

My condolences to your family. As a young MSU grad student from 1981 to 1984, I rented an apartment in Lansing from Mr. Reed. He was a wonderful landlord and always treated this tenant with great respect.

Lanny Pratt
December 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Dear Marilyn,

I am so sorry to find that Carroll has gone on just weeks ago, when I started looking for you. My daughter Margie had found a picture of Isabel a few weeks ago and sent it to me, and that started me looking for you. I know that your heart is heavy now, but please know that your father and mother were wonderful to me, and that they have always put a smile in my heart when I thought of you all. You and I have been blessed with wonderful parents and mentors and now we both look across the span of Heaven to them all. If you care to and the time is right, please email me at so that we may share all that life has blessed us with.
Lanny Pratt
Durham, NC


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