Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. Your are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
  • 77 years old
  • Born on June 30, 1939 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States.
  • Passed away on July 31, 2016 in Modesto, California, United States.

God's Garden

God looked around his garden

And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

-- Anonymous 

Posted by Brian Robak on 1st October 2017
I just stumbled upon this and learned of Gary's passing. I worked under Gary's leadership through the 80's at Tektronix as a mechanical draftsman in HFCD. It would be quite easy for me to say that Gary was a role model in regards to work ethic, creativity and technical ability, and he was, but where he truly shined as a role model for me was in his humility, kindness, compassion and love toward others. I could see that Gary lived with God's love within him and through him. Not only did I see it, I experienced it! It wasn't just something he did because that is what we as believers in Christ are commanded to do, it was there happening within and through him all the time. To this day at the age of 60, I still say that the best job I ever had was that job in HFCD at Tek under the leadership and loving kindness of Gary. I am just glad that I will see him and enjoy his presence again one day.
Posted by Bill Pooley on 1st August 2017
I think of Gary more often then I would have thought. It has been a year but it seems like yesterday. I miss Gary. I really miss Gary. A colleague, a friend, a real great guy! Gary, thank you for being a part of my life.
Posted by L McPherson on 6th September 2016
God gives hope to see the ones we loss in death again.(Acts 24:15)"I have hope towards God, which hope these men also looked forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous "may you all continue to hold the precious memories of your dearly beloved Gary and know that one day soon you will see him again.
Posted by Chance Chanc.e on 1st September 2016
Dear reed family please accept my deepest sympathy .I hope the promise of Revelation 21:4 comforts your grieving hearts."And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away".Until this time come may these words give you peace and hope.
Posted by Trish Aultman on 31st August 2016
Rip Mr Gary
Posted by Ken Holland on 20th August 2016
For over 20 years I felt so blessed to have worked with Gary. He was a friend and colleague and one of the most genuine, kind, thoughtful, and honest people I believe I’ve ever known. He was truly a man of his word and a man of God. Gary was a great engineer and manager and highly respected by everyone who knew him. I always loved working with him and I felt Gary was like a brother to me. Over the years we spent a great deal of time together and we shared a lot about our families and just life in general. Gary loved his family and was very proud of them. I had the utmost respect for Gary. I don’t ever remember him getting angry but rather he was always there to help others. He was indeed a blessing to the many lives he touched, including mine. I will greatly miss Gary and I will never forget his presence in my life and the impact he had on others.
Posted by Bill Pooley on 20th August 2016
I knew Gary since my earliest days at Tektronix in the 60's. It is Gary who interviewed me when I was hired by Tek permanently in 1973 two years after my graduation. Gary was the kindest person one could ever know and it was joy to have him as a colleague for nearly 40 years. I will always remember the perpetual smile on his face. Gary was a brilliant engineer and did some of his finest and most creative work for Tek in the 10 years following his official retirement. I am grateful to have been able to attend his funeral. I miss Gary greatly. I will remember him forever.
Posted by John Stoops on 17th August 2016
Gary was in my first group at Tek. I have always known him to be a great engineer, a man of good will, and great integrity. This world needs many more Gary Reeds. Sharon, you are right. In the 40+ years I knew Gary, I can't recall ever seeing him angry. He had a great sense of humor and definitely enjoyed a good laugh.
Posted by Kelly Franklin on 16th August 2016
To us at Tektronix Gary was The Man :-). His attention to detail and knowledge was incredible. We enjoyed working with him and will miss him something fierce.
Posted by David Engquist on 16th August 2016
I just wanted to share this video which was released today. There was a lot of Gary's hard work in the development of these accessories. We really appreciate his contribution. You may have to copy and paste the link below to another browser window ___
Posted by John Rettig on 16th August 2016
I met Gary in 1982 at Tektronix, and from the beginning I found him to be a skilled engineer, an inspiring example, an effective but kind leader, and a great human being. I managed to work either directly or indirectly with him for 34 years, including the period of time he would occasionally came in as a contractor after retirement - a concept he never really seemed to "catch on" to. It was a good day when I ran into Gary and could both reminisce about the old times, and talk about the new problems we had to solve - as he was very good at doing both! His presence will be sorely missed here.
Posted by David Engquist on 15th August 2016
I've worked with Gary at Tektronix since the 1990s and always felt very inspired by him as I witnessed how productive he was. Even in recent years, while other engineers his age were fully retired, Gary continued to use his amazing skills and knowledge to help develop effective designs, some of which have only just been released this summer. He was such a great friend and esteemed colleague who always was ready to give advice if asked, but so humble and easy to approach. We will miss him very much but I'll always think of Gary as a great role model for my own career and work ethic. I feel grateful that I was able to know him professionally and work on projects together.
Posted by Sharon Sherman on 15th August 2016
My dad lived a humble life and didn’t boast about himself or his accomplishments. He lived his life putting the needs of others ahead of his own. He truly had the heart of a servant. He was patient and kind and rarely ever showed any anger. My dad lived out his faith every day of his life. He demonstrated the love of Christ that Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 13, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

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