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Royal Desmond Reid

September 23, 1930 ~ January 5, 2019 (age 88)

Royal Desmond Reid, 88, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019, in Overland Park, KS.

Royal was born September 23, 1930, to parents Fred and Anna (Goetsch) Reid, in Brewster, KS.  He was the third of five sons, which also included, Warren, Delmar, J., and Jarrell.  Royal was married to Joan Y. (Leonhart) Reid for 53 years.

Royal graduated from Brewster High School in 1948 and attended Kansas State University, graduating in 1955 with a Business Administration degree, with a major in Accounting.  Following graduation, he moved to Kanorado, KS to manage the Coffey Grain elevator that was built the same year, and eventually owned part interest in the business known as Coffey-Reid Grain.  For a time, he also leased and managed Mueller Grain in Goodland, KS and Burlington, CO.  Upon the retirement of Mr. Coffey, Royal purchased an interest in the elevator in Goodland and the business became known as Reid Grain, Inc.  In 1980, Royal sold his interest in this business, purchased a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade, and pursued his dream of independent trading.  His working career also included owning and managing a farm operation from 1964 until 2014, on land south of Burlington, CO.

Royal's passion for business was evident in interactions with anyone who crossed his path and he was an inspiration to many.  Royal was an advocate of all things Goodland and Sherman County.  He was a longtime member of Rotary, Kiwanis, Elks Club, and served on the Goodland City Council.  Recreational pursuits included skiing, tennis, golf, and many hours spent at a card table playing bridge with family and friends. 

Royal is survived by daughter Leigh Ann Winbolt and grandchildren Jacob and Annie Leigh of Elmurst, IL; brother Warren of Andale, KS; brother J. of Overland Park, KS.  He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry, and brothers, Delmar and Jarrell.


Donations may be made to:

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care in Lenexa
and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland KS 67735


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