Robert Jerome Reed


Robert Jerome Reed, age 57, transitioned from this life to the next on Wednesday, July 5th , 2023, at Ohio State East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Robert, known as “Romie” to family, “Jerome” to a host of friends, and “Rob” to many more, was born on April 24, 1966, at St. Joseph Hospital, in Lorain, Ohio, to the proud parents of Shirley Diane Golden and Robert Jerry Reed. Robert was the first of many milestone family occurrences: he was the first born, the first grandchild, and the first nephew.

Robert attended Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools and graduated from Brookside High School in 1984. Immediately after graduation, Robert went on to attend Urbana University on a baseball scholarship and studied Marketing and Communications for several years before choosing another direction just prior to graduation.

Robert was employed at Renewit! Home Improvements for many years, where he was the number one sales representative for many of those years. Just recently,
Robert took his sales talent to Ultimate Asphalt & Sealcoating, a family business started by his baby brother Daryl, and helped catapult the business to even greater success.

“Romie”, affectionately called by his grandmother Virginia Golden, was a kind and attentive child eager to learn, love, and live. Romie’s eyes sparkled with promise as he grew into Jerome. “Jerome” was the big brother, cool cousin, and best friend. Jerome was a leader. He never met a stranger, was generous and kind beyond measure, driven to succeed, and sought adventure at every turn.

“Rob”…the father, grandfather, companion, co-worker and friend…was the funniest self-proclaimed “professional angler”, retired sports Hall of Famer, and
Master Outdoorsman. Rob was also a master salesman with the gift of gab. And, Rob was an author– Rob shared his time, and Rob shared his story.

Robert leaves to cherish his memories: longtime companion and fiancé, Kellie Caplinger, Columbus, Ohio; his daughter, Porsha Woods, Columbus, Ohio, and
three sons, Brogan Jules Dunlap-Reed, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Bobby Reed, Jr., Holgate, Ohio and Miles Jerome Reed, St. Louis, Missouri; grandchildren Jaylen Smith, and Darius Reed; his stepfather, Hardy (Tanora) Whitfield who, with Robert’s mother, Shirley, raised him after Jerry’s passing, Elyria, Ohio; his sister, Stephanie (Eric) Payne, Willoughby, Ohio; his brother, Daryl Whitfield, Gahanna, Ohio; his niece, Alexus Whitfield, his two nephews, Darius and Darek Whitfield, and a great-nephew, Mason Vines.

Robert also leaves behind a host of bonus children and grandchildren he shared with his fiancé, Kellie: children, Gary, Sheena, Chaselun and Shayne, and
grandchildren: Jacob, Abreanna, Mackenzie, Kyndrah and Sicario Lucci. Robert also leaves behind many other loving relatives and friends, all of whom he
treasured for loving and supporting him.

Robert was preceded in death by both parents, Shirley Diane Golden and Robert Jerry Reed and both his maternal grandparents, John and Virginia Golden,
paternal grandparents, Roosevelt and Alice Reed, as well as several aunts and uncles, maternal and paternal.

May all those gone before him be standing to welcome him with open arms.

Visitation 3:00 PM and Memorial Service 4:00 PM Sunday, July 23, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 East Livingston Ave. Offer Condolence for the family of Robert Jerome Reed Print Obituary & Condolences

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  1. Kellie ( kell ) caplinger

    Rob you will forever be with me you were my soulmate and you surely have the gift to gab you are so smart and had a big heart but I understood you it was just a few things I couldn’t figure out you always encouraged me no matter what was going on you always let me know it would be all right I love you baby

  2. Jeremy Leighty

    May He Rest in Eternal Peace!

    • Geraldine Lanier-Stewart

      To my dear cousin David and other family members, I pray for strength and comfort, and that God wraps His arms of love around you.

  3. Donna Holbrook

    Rob you will be so missed fly high this is your time u can go fishing when ever your heart desires to.I will definitely miss you and yes I’m here for Kellie I always will be you know that love you rob you will be in the Greatest place ever.

  4. Saundra Daniels

    Stephanie and Daryl, I’m just hearing about the passing of Jerome. My sincere prayers and condolences goes out to you and your entire family. May God comfort and keep you strong during this time of sorrow.

  5. Rhonda Ebright Johnson

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Kelly and your family I never got to meet rob I know you spoke highly of him and loved him very much may god be with you all

  6. Tiwauna Daniels-Taylor

    My condolences to Stephanie, Daryl and the Reed family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God comfort you and give you some understanding on the passing of your dear brother Jerome. God Bless you all.

    Tiwauna Daniels-Taylor

  7. Eric and Capucine McIntosh

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kelly and your family. Met you from being our neighbor and you were a good neighbor, you will be missed and also the good fish will be missed as well.

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