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WALTER REID Walter J. Reid was born February 14, 1925, in Norwich, CT to the late Mary E. Kearns and Orlo L. Reid. Mr. Reid attended Newark, Ohio St. Francis High School where he was awarded a full athletic scholarship to college, the first from that school. He was also the first All Ohio player from that school. He played three years of varsity basketball under Coach John Dromo, who became the head coach at University of Louisville. In his four years of college basketball at Eastern Kentucky University he was coached by Paul McBrayer, former University of Kentucky All American player and the assistant coach under Adolf Rupp. During World War II he served in the U.S. Maritime Service after basic training by the U.S. Coast Guard. Walter's duty took him to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean Oceans on both troop ships and cargo ships. After World War II he was offered a scholarship to the University of Kentucky by Adolf Rupp and another by Eastern Kentucky University. He entered EKU in 1946 and lettered all four years and graduated in 1950. The Korean War started and he was drafted into the U.S. Army on September 1, 1950 at Fort Knox, KY. Mr. Reid held seven different ranks in his first 11 months of service in Korea. He received a battlefield commission and left the Army as a 1st Lt. in 1953. Mr. Reid was hired by St. Francis in 1954 as a teacher and athletic director. In basketball his team won four appearances in Ohio's sweet sixteen basketball playoffs, many league titles and top 10 rankings. He started 11-man football, golf, and baseball at that school. In 1967 he accepted a position in the Human Resources Dept. with Rockwell International in Winchester, KY. In 1974 he moved West with his family to work in the Howard Hughes Corp in Las Vegas. After Hughes passed the corporation sold all his casino holdings. Mr. Reid was a Kentucky Colonel, a Kentucky Admiral, past member of the Elks, V.F.W. and American Legion. He was also an instructor for the American Heart Association in Las Vegas. He was also a member of the U.S. Coaches Century Club, the Ohio High School Hall of Fame, has been inducted to his high school Hall of Fame as a player and coach. Walter was the first inductee to this Hall of Fame chronologically. Mr. Walter J. Reid passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Ditter Reid; his second wife, Lois Irene Keith Reid; a son Ryan; a daughter, Rhonda Reid Marshall; two brothers, Robert T. and Lawrence; and two sisters, Verna Skinner and Marie Reese. He is survived by his daughter, Rise' Reid (Tommy) Ballard of Bardstown, KY; two sons, Steven Kearns (Kathy) Reid and Thomas Stewart (LoreLei) Reid both of Reno; along with 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; along with many cousins and nephews spread across the United States. A non-ceremonial cremation was chosen and there will be no visitation or funeral services. The Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home, 1475 New Shepherdsville Road, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on May 7, 2019.
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May 12, 2019
mary mclocklin
May 7, 2019
What a wonderful long life your loved one had, Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years. Special mightiness indeed. May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart.
Maria A
April 26, 2019
As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
April 24, 2019
Mr. Reid was our coach and teacher when I was at Newark Catholic. He was admired and respected by all. His life and legacy gives all who knew him pride in knowing him. My sincere condolences and prayers go out to his family.
Billie Sue (Bero) Stephenson
April 24, 2019
Billie Sue (Bero) Stephenson
April 21, 2019
Like everywhere Coach Reid lived, he made an unbelievable impact on the lives of the Newark Catholic High School Community in Newark, Ohio.
Former students, athletes, opponents, parents, and friends talk with respect about Coach Reid.
His passing is sad, but it was quite humbling to have him part of our lives.
Best wishes to his family. Lois was my favorite teacher in grade school.
John Cannizzaro
April 21, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about Coach Reid's passing. He was a great man and wonderful teacher. He will always be remembered.
Mike and Pat Massaro
April 21, 2019
Rise, sorry for your loss.
Amy Hutchinson Zucker
April 21, 2019
Mr. Reid coached basketball and taught government classes with an energetic passion. He demanded the best of his students and athletes. He was always fair and honest with students. His teaching and motivational skills resulted in many students becoming very successful citizens. He was an excellent role model for young people. He was voted the Best Dressed Coach many times. You can see that in his picture. Our local community is still benefiting from his hard work many years ago. Thank you Mr. Reid.

NC class of 1964
Lowry Pierce
April 20, 2019
We enjoyed many winters at Panama City Beach with Walter. He was a great card and Bingo player and a cutting observer of the daily billiard game. It was always fun
calling and speaking with him. He had a terrific sense of humor. We'll miss him.

Rob and Deb Fuller
April 20, 2019
Coach was a special man to me and a great friend of my mother and father. I was a football player playing basketball but coach taught me the finer points of shooting that I use today in teaching my players. I am sad to hear of his passing he was a wonderful friend to my family.
Drew Bickel
Drew Bickel
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