In Memory of

Virgil L. Reed

May 24, 1947 - July 5, 2024


Virgil L. Reed died peacefully at home on July 5, 2024, after battling a long illness. He was born on May 24, 1947, in Aurora, Missouri, the son of Marvin and Opal Reed. A Vietnam War veteran, Virgil suffered many complications from exposure to Agent Orange.

Virgil served as a sergeant in the United States Army in Vietnam as a member of a Demolition crew. He served for two years and returned home to attend Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State). He attended the School of Business with a focus in Marketing. While attending college, Virgil met and married his wife of 54 years, Diane Marcusson. They found their permanent home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Throughout Virgil’s career, he worked for many companies including Florida Citrus Commission and Seitz Meats. After retiring from his career in business, he enjoyed working in a variety of other jobs including construction and remodeling.

Virgil was also a tournament bass fisherman, and it was one of his greatest passions. Over the years, he had the opportunity to fish on many lakes in Missouri as well as in Florida and Canada. He developed many special friendships with people who shared his same passion for a beautiful day on the water with a fishing pole and an ice-cold beer.

In addition to his parents. Virgil was preceded in death by his younger brother, Jack. He is survived by his wife Diane Reed, his daughter, Melanie McClain, and son-in-law, Larry McClain, his grandson, Alex McClain, and his wife, Jaimee. He is also survived by his brother Jack’s children. Tammy Branham, Ross Reed, and Carrie Reed, his brothers-in-law, Jim Marcusson and his husband Clay Swisher, his sister-in-law, Nancy Brown, her husband, Mike Brown, and three nephews, Jason Brown, Allan Brown and his wife, Chelsi, and Cameron Brown.

A visitation at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit will be held July 16th, 2024, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The family has asked that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans in lieu of flowers.



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My sincere sympathy. The care and love you gave Virgil was greatly admired. He had the best

Diane … I’m so sorry Virgil is gone. I remember how much he adored you. I think of the sweet things he did to show you he loved you … like leaving a trail of Hersheys kisses for you. And his great sense of humor. And how he watched Rachel Ray to learn how to cook dinner for you. You said he got pretty good at it !! He’s remembered fondly.


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Tuesday, July 16, 2024
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Celebration of Life
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063