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JERRY REEDER


1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Nov. 28, 1933 - Nov. 29, 2017 EDMOND Jerry Reeder was born on Nov. 28, 1933, in a farmhouse near Hope Community in Stephens County, OK to Mayno and L.D. Reeder. He attended Hope Grade School and Bray High School, where he played basketball. Jerry was drafted into the army in 1954. He attended administration school at Fort Knox, KY and was sent to Heidelberg, Germany, where he received top secret clearance and worked at U.S. Army European headquarters. Jerry graduated from Central State College in 1961 and began to work for the Government Accountability Office, receiving top secret security clearance there, too. When he passed his CPA exam in 1963, he became the first person who graduated from CSC (now UCO) to become a CPA. During his tenure at GAO, his work included reviews of foreign ownership of land, Air Force inventory management, and rocket system support. He spent much time in Washington, DC reporting these findings to congress. After retirement in 1990, he helped his nephew, Lyndle Byford, manage the family farm. In 2002, he and his daughter, Lydia Ellen, began researching her book, Dust Bowl Girls, that features the 1932 champion women's basketball team known as the Oklahoma Presbyterian College Cardinals. Meeting these champion basketball players inspired Jerry to advocate for their induction into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame as the first Oklahoma Team of Legend. Jerry was extraordinarily dedicated to his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty. Jerry is survived by wife, Lydia Lee; sister, Jan; children, Lydia Ellen, Robert, Rosalind, and David; seven grandchildren, Brianne, Taylor, Teaghan, Katharine, Darby, Grace, and Lucy; and two great-grandchildren, Viviana and Samuel. Services to celebrate his life will be held at the Stonegate Presbyterian Church in Edmond at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec 4.
Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 3, 2017
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