John Roy Reed age 84 of Dunnellon, Florida, passed away at his home on September 2, 2019. John was born in Ripon, Wisconsin on April 16, 1935, son of Alfred Stivers Reed and Grace Virginia Reed.

After graduating from Ripon High School in 1953, John attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He left the University to enlist in the United States Air Force and was trained as an electronics technician stationed in Mississippi and Arizona. After his discharge, he returned to Ripon working at R-Line Foods and Triarch.

In 1969 John went to work for Mercury Marine as a mechanic technician. He would later employ his photography skills in the development of high speed underwater analysis of propeller and gearcase performance. He retired from Mercury in 1994.

John had many interests including photography, music, nature, water sports, tennis and track and field, winning awards in senior competitive high jump and tennis events.

John also had married, having two daughters as well as a brother, sister and many lifetime friends who will miss his playful humor.

Those who wish to make a donation to a cause in John’s memory may do so to Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34 th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474.