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John Theodore Reed

March 22, 1941 — September 24, 2023

Battle Creek

John Theodore Reed


John Theodore Reed, age 82, of Battle Creek, a dedicated and accomplished man, peacefully passed away on September 24, 2023, at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. Born on March 22, 1941, in Michigan City, Indiana, the son of Lee and Katherine (Pavlik) Reed.   John lived a fulfilling life filled with numerous achievements and cherished moments that will be forever treasured by those who knew him.  John was united in marriage on May 1, 1965 to Therese Shubert.

John's passion for the oil industry led him on a successful career path. He worked diligently at Phillip's Petroleum for ten years before embarking on an entrepreneurial journey. In 1971, he owned and operated Senior Oil Inc., which thrived under his leadership for an impressive forty-one years. John's unwavering commitment to his work earned him the respect of his colleagues and the admiration of many others within the industry. He finally retired in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of professionalism and integrity.

Education played an important role in John's life. He graduated from New Buffalo High School in 1959, establishing a solid foundation for his future endeavors. Throughout his lifetime, John embraced new opportunities that took him to various cities before eventually settling down in Battle Creek.

John's remarkable accomplishments extended beyond the workplace. He proudly served as the past president of the Michigan Petroleum Association, where he dedicated himself to advancing the interests of the industry. As a member of the Battle Creek Country Club, he indulged in his love for golf, honing his skills with friends and fellow enthusiasts. Moreover, John found solace in his faith as an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Battle Creek.

Although John was undoubtedly accomplished professionally and socially, it was within his family where he found true happiness. His wife of many blissful years, Therese Reed, was not only his spouse but also his closest confidant and soulmate throughout their journey together. Their unwavering bond was an inspiration to all who witnessed their love.

John took immense pride in being a devoted father to Steven (Kelly) Reed, who brought immense joy and fulfillment to his life. The father-son duo shared countless cherished moments, creating memories that will forever be cherished.

Family meant everything to John, and he relished his role as a grandfather. His granddaughters, Lauren and Allison Reed, were the light of his life. John's face would light up with joy whenever they entered the room, always eager to shower them with boundless love and affection. He treasured every moment spent with them, creating a lasting legacy of love and warmth.

John embraced life with an adventurous spirit. He had a passion for traveling, which allowed him to explore new destinations and experience diverse cultures. Whether it was embarking on a memorable road trip or jetting off to far-flung places, John sought out new adventures with enthusiasm.

In addition to exploring the world, John prioritized spending quality time with his family. Every moment shared was precious to him. Whether it was gathering around the dinner table for lively conversations or savoring barbecues in the backyard, John reveled in these simple joys of life.

John touched the lives of many beyond his immediate family. His sister Norma Abbey held a special place in his heart, as did his late sister Rosella Reed. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins were blessed to have had him as their family member too; their bond forged by love will endure eternally.

As a pillar of strength throughout his life's journey, John served in the Army Reserve. His commitment to serving his country symbolized his dedication to protect and uphold the values he held dear.

On October 6th, 2023, friends and loved ones will gather at St Mary of the Lake Church, 718 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo to celebrate John's remarkable life. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Fr. Basker Lopez, Celebrant.  Interment will follow the Mass at Pine Grove Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School or St. Mary of the Lake Church.  

John Theodore Reed's legacy of love, devotion, and determination will forever remain in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will be cherished, and his spirit will continue to inspire all who strive for greatness and joy in life. May he rest in peace, knowing that his remarkable life has left an indelible mark on this world.  Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


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