Roy Reid Jr. Obituary

Roy Clifford Reid Jr.
Roy Clifford Reid Jr.

May 24, 1933 - January 3, 2014
Born in Warrenton, VA
Resided in Ogden, UT
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Roy Clifford Reid Jr.
May 24th, 1933 - January 3rd, 2014

Roy C. Reid Jr. passed away peacefully on January 3rd, 2014. He was born on May 24th, 1933 in, Warrenton, Virginia the son of Roy Clifford Reid and Elizabeth Margaret Compton

Roy lived with his parents in Virginia and later with his favorite Aunt Pauline Foster. In the early 1950s, he joined the U.S. Army and served under General Douglas MacArthur in the Korean War. He was seriously wounded in action during the battle to push the North Korean Army out of the Peninsula. He received the Purple Heart and was treated at the famous Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

After the Korean War, Roy graduated from the college in Washington D.C. and worked at various levels in the energy and technology sectors. His skills in these areas eventually led him to the Republic of South Vietnam. It was Vietnam where he found his calling and life ever changing events. He was part of a group of contractors that helped the U.S. to set-up communications and trainings. These works led him to many parts of Vietnam and in 1973 married a beautiful young lady, Oanh H.T.Nguyen. They lived in Saigon and enjoyed many fun cultural activities. On April 30th, 1975, "The Fall of Saigon", Roy, Oanh, and the four children were airlifted by helicopter from Tan Son Nhut Airport to the U.S.S. Enterprise located in the South China Sea. This was Operation Frequent Wind.

After the Vietnam War, Roy and the family ended up on Guam. On this beautiful tropical island, Roy worked for the U.S. Navy. After six years with the Navy on Guam, Roy accepted an offer to work for the U.S. Navy in the Subic Bay, Philippines. The work in the Philippines would eventually take Roy to another incredible country, the Republic of South Korea. The journeys of these events finally took Roy back to the land where he fought freedom for the Korean people.

In late 1984, Roy accepted the job at the Defense Depot Ogden and moved his family from South Korea to Ogden, Utah. He worked for the Depot for many years with honor and retired in 1998. After his retirement for his service to his country he was able to enjoy the peaceful living and grow roses and tomatoes in the backyard garden. His other love is to read adventure/action novels.

Roy is survived by his wife of 42 years, Oanh; his children, Nhon & Joy Vo, Thinh Vo, Sang Vo, Loan & Phil Thornton; his grandchildren, Salena Thornton and Alicia Vo.

He is also survived by his previous marriage, Dorothy and his children Kemp, Karen, Kevin and his wife Connie; his grandchildren, Tommy, Anna and Bobby.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2013 at the Evergreen Memorial Park, 100 Monroe Blvd, Ogden.

A viewing will be held for family and friends on Tuesday, January 7, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Salvation Army and Children's Hospital in Roy's behalf.




Myers Mortuary - Ogden
100 Monroe Blvd.
Ogden, UT US 84404
January 7, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
January 8, 2014
11:00 AM
Myers Evergreen Memorial Park
100 Monroe Blvd.
Ogden, UT US 84404
January 8, 2014