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Charles "Chuck" Reed


Charles (Chuck) Reed, 80, of Des Moines, died in his home on Monday, February 6, 2023.


Chuck was born October 11, 1942, in Franklin County. He grew up on a family farm near Sheffied, Iowa. After graduating from Sheffield High School as a three-sport athlete and Iowa state track champion, he enrolled at Graceland College in Lamoni. After one year, Chuck transferred to Drake University.


He graduated with a degree in pharmacy and began his career at Uptown Pharmacy in Des Moines. After a few years he formed a partnership with the late Tom Vlassis. The two owned and managed Franklin Drug in Des Moines and Omega Pharmacy in Urbandale. Chuck completed his professional career as a pharmacist with Dahl’s.


Chuck was a lifelong hunter and fisherman who found his sanctuary outdoors. He spent his adult life as a resident of Des Moines. Those left to cherish Chuck’s memory include his sister, Marilyn Haines, his daughter Sarah Reed (John Gruening) and son Charlie Reed; seven grandchildren, Lauren, Tristram, Deidra, Cal, Shae, Xavier, Blythe; and one great-granddaughter, Aminda. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Bernadine, his brother, Clayton, and sister, Debbie.

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