Marvin Allen Reeder
COLUMBIA — Marvin Allen Reeder was a fun-loving man who was said to have had hundreds, maybe thousands, of friends.
Mr. Reeder died Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Columbia HealthCare Center. He was 78.
Mr. Reeder was born April 24, 1933, to Allen Benton and Myrtle Inease Sutton Reeder. He was raised in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1951.
He married Shirley McCallister, his wife of 33 years, on June 17, 1978.
“He enjoyed people and loved to talk to people,” she said.
“He was well liked,” said his son, David Allen.
Mr. Reeder was involved in several Columbia organizations, including the American Legion Post 424 and First Presbyterian Church.
“He was the life of the party,” Allen said.
Mr. Reeder was also president of the Sunrise Optimist Club from 1986 to 1987 and the Exalted Ruler and State Chancellor of the Columbia Elks Lodge 594.
Mr. Reeder enjoyed barbecuing and cooking outdoors. Allen said that during one of Mr. Reeder's high school class reunions, he roasted an entire pig.
Mr. Reeder and his wife attended NASCAR races together and took several trips, including one to the Texas Motor Speedway in 1996 during the first year the track opened.
Mr. Reeder became involved in car racing while working as the owner of a Sinclair gas station and was the co-owner of a car driven by Walter Sorrels. Mr. Reeder worked with Sorrels and his wife Dorothy for over 30 years at Sorrels Auto Parts.
Walter Sorrels said the two were best friends.
“He was a guy you could always count on. He’d be there,” Walter Sorrels said.
“When you have business like we did, a small business, they are not only your employees, they are your friends,” Dorothy Sorrels said.
Mr. Reeder grew up on Jackson Street with Dorothy Sorrels. She said Mr. Reeder was like a brother to her.
Mr. Reeder and Dorothy Sorrels would play baseball together in open fields when Columbia’s population of 15,000 people left plenty of empty blocks for the children to play.
“He loved everybody," she said. "He was just a person who enjoyed living.”
Mr. Reeder is survived by his wife, Shirley Reeder; a daughter, Debra Ann, of Centralia; a son, David Allen, and wife, Brenda, of Hartsburg; a step-daughter, Ann Powell, and husband, Larry, of Republic; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
One grandson and three great-grandchildren died earlier.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Benevolent Fund, First Presbyterian Church or Coyote Hill, care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W., Columbia, MO, 65202.
Online tributes may be posted at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.