Reed C. Ellison, age 81, beloved husband of Eva R. Ellison, passed away January 12, 1991 at his home in Lethbridge, Canada.
Reed was born in Layton, Utah December 28, 1909, and grew up in this farming community where he learned industry and service, often assisting his father who managed the town's mercantile store. He attended Davis High School and went on to the University of Utah. He married his high school sweetheart, Eva Rasmussen, in 1932, in the Salt Lake Temple, and continued his study in Law at the University.Reed was offered employment as a cereal chemist for Ellison Milling and Elevator Company in Lethbridge, Alberta, a pioneer flour-milling and grain handling industry founded in 1902 by his grandfather, Ephraim P. Ellison. The law degree was put on hold and they moved to Lethbridge in 1933. Six months later, they were transferred to Vancouver, B.C. With no knowledge of the baking industry he worked long hours and managed the companies Vancouver Branch, securing new foreign markets for flour and grain to be shipped through this port. He was recalled to Lethbridge to assist his father, Morris H. Ellison. By 1946, Reed took over the management reins, and following his father's death, in 1970, he became president of the company.
Reed continued as President and General Manager of its operation. He never retired, and even in failing health, continued to spend an hour or two each day in his office. It could truly be said that he loved people and was concerned about them. He was champion of the farmers and worried with them about weather conditions. For his contribution in the promotion of growing Soft Wheat in Alberta, he was awarded a life membership in the Alberta's Soft Wheat Grower's Association in 1984.
In the community he served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, locally and provincially, for which he was honored with a life membership. He was both local and provincial chairman of the Canadian Manufacturers Association. Appointed to the City of Lethbridge Appeal Board by the mayor, he served several years as it's chairman. He was named to the first Lethbridge Foundation Board.
Reed was appointed by the Universities Commission as one of five original Senators of the new University of Lethbridge in 1967, and served also on the Board of Governors for two terms. In 1990 he received an honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the University.
Affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has been active all of his life in teaching and executive positions; serving as a bishop, and as a counselor to two Stake Presidents, and as Public Communications Director for the Church in Southern Alberta. For his long service to youth, he was recipient to an honorary Master M-Men Citation.
Besides his loving wife of 58 years, he is survived by two sons and their wives, Howard Reed and Kay, Salt Lake City, Utah; Gary Morris and Vivian, Cameron Park, California; two daughters, Eva Lynne and her husband, Darryl G. Sherwood, of Lethbridge, and Hazel MarJane and her husband, Gregory Christofferson, of Irving, California; 34 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren knew him as a loving grandfather. He also appreciated three special daughters, Marilyn Acton, Myrna Harker, and Elizabeth Ellison, all of California; a sister-in-law, Mae Ellison, of Elko, Nevada, and a host of long and valiant friends.
Reed was predeceased by his parents, Morris H. and Margaret C. Ellison, his only brother, Stanley C. Ellison and infant son, Gordon Brent, and an infant grandson, Gary Bard Ellison.
Funeral services were held in Lethbridge on Wednesday, January 16, 1991.
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