Daniel John Reed

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Daniel John Reed of Jefferson City, Missouri passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 11, 2022, four days shy of his 86th birthday. He was born on August 15, 1936, in St. Louis, Missouri, the oldest child of the late Joseph and Harriet (Walker) Reed. He was united in marriage to Susan Elise Fuehlen on April 15, 1961, at St. Genevieve DuBois Catholic Church in Warson Woods, Missouri. In 1942, Dan's family moved to Kansas City where he graduated in 1952 from Rockhurst High School and went on to attend Rockhurst College from 1953 - 1954. Dan's family moved back to St. Louis, and he enrolled and graduated from St. Louis University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in chemistry. In August of 1959, he joined the United States Army and served as a Special Agent in the Army Intelligence Corp where he was stationed at the Pentagon. Dan worked for the Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert/Pfizer companies for 25 years in pharmaceutical sales. He also worked as a contract salesman for Bayer Pharmaceutical and from there he became a member of the quality improvement team for the Missouri Patient Care Review Foundation. Dan eventually retired in August of 2002. Dan enjoyed the freedom of the open road and often took long drives covering past pharmaceutical routes to see the changes over the years. He also enjoyed walking his dog, Molly, around the neighborhood and visiting with his wonderful friends who lived in the area. Another favorite of Dan's was making daily stops to Central Dairy to order his soda fountain coke and spend time talking to all of those who worked behind the counter. The Reed family sends a special thank you to these many friends who helped fill Dan's day with conversation and laughter. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Kelly Smulczenski (Scott), Greg Reed (Barb) and Brendan Reed (Andrea); granddaughters, Danielle and Hanna Smulczenski, Addison Reed, Carleigh, Halle and Lauren Reed and Cierra Wettschurack (Josh). In addition, he is survived by his brother, Pat Reed (Karen); sisters, JoAnn Schollars and Kathleen Reed and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Susan Reed in 2014. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Joseph and Michael Reed. Friends will be received on Friday September 9, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Houser-Millard Funeral Directors. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church with Father Chris Cordes officiating. Inurnment will follow in Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Jefferson City Animal Shelter. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Home, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109 (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at

Published August 22, 2022

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