Harold Raymond Reef was born the son of Clarence and Mary "Woodie" Huffman Reef on October 12, 1926 in Thayer, Missouri and departed this life January 3, 2010 at Thayer, Missouri at the age of 83 years.
Harold attended Thayer schools and graduated from Thayer High School in 1944. Upon graduation went to work for the Frisco Railroad as a telegraph operator. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served during WWII and the Korean War. While serving in the Korean war he attended the University of Tulsa, graduating with a BA in Commercial Art and Merchandising.
Later he worked for the Dixie Wax Paper Company in Memphis, Tennessee, as a package designer, he later went to work real estate as the offsite sales manager for American Realty, the largest inland lake developer in the US. He came back to Thayer and built his graphic arts business Harold Reef Graphics with his son Scot and daughter Tanzi.
One of his proudest accomplishments was designing the 1977 Arkansas license plate honoring the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Local civic involvement that Harold was especially proud of include member of Rotary International and serving as president of the local chapter, developing the first tourism brochure for Thayer, and helping to create the George D. Hay Foundation, and Warm Fork Park. He was also an active member of the Thayer/Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce.
Harold was a private pilot and enjoyed flying his own planes. He loved camping with his family at the lake. While he worked in his sign shop you could alway find a cat or two wandering about his feet.
He is survived by his wife Hope Reef and her sisters Barbara Lydick and Shirley Mercado; also son Scot Reef and wife Shanna of Thayer; daughter Viki Spector and husband Paul of Fair Oaks, California; daughter Tanzi Lusk and husband Terry of Springfield, Missouri; 6 grandchildren Shelly Reef, Eli Spector, Jesse Spector, Seth Spector, Cody Crowell, Trinity Lusk. Also survived by niece Theresa Eichwald and husband Rodrigo of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two great grandchildren, many cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother Mary "Woodie" Huffman Reef and father Clarence Reef, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was a member of the Thayer First Baptist Church for 70 years. Harold loved all his friends and family and will be truly missed by all.
A memorial service will be held 10am Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at the Clary Funeral Home in Thayer, MO.