IN MEMORIAM: IBEW Local 1439’s Reed Newton


Reed Newton, an IBEW Local 1439 member who worked at Ameren St. Louis, passed away on Oct. 4, 2021 at home with his family, following a valiant fight with mesothelioma. He was 34.

Brother Newton was all about the outdoors, hunting and fishing as much as possible. He loved being with people, and his absence will leave a huge hole full of wonderful memories with all who knew and loved him. Being around him was a time to smile, and he would want us to continue smiling.

He is survived by his parents, Roger D. and Cynthia (nee Kleinschmidt) Newton; his brother, Ryan (Carly) Newton, of Waterloo, Ill; nephew, Kaden Newton; grandmother, Helma E. Kleinschmidt, of Columbia, Ill.; aunts and uncles, along with other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; William J. Kleinschmidt, Jr., and Norman D. (Bernice) Newton.

A funeral service was held Oct. 9 at Metter Park in Columbia with interment at the Evangelical St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia. His family is forever grateful for the support and prayers during the past two months.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Floraville United Church of Christ, 100 Koerner St., Floraville, IL 62298.


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