He was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Switz City, the son of Wayne and Ruby (Beasley) Reed.
On March 11, 1947, Gerald married Betty Sinders, and they had three children.
He served in the United States Navy during W orld War II and retired from NSWC Crane in 1989. He was a member of Linton American Legion Post #22.
Survivors include his wife, Betty (Sinders) Reed, of Linton; two daughters, Loretta Myers of Peru and Marty Near of Mitchell; a son, Jerry Reed of Linton; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be a private viewing and private service.
Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.
Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be sent to www.welchcornett.com.