Kathryn Dolores Eick­hoff Reed was born April 7, 1917, in Wittenberg, Wis.

She was the daughter of Ruby (Kinney) and Harold O. Eickhoff. 

She attended schools in Antigo, Wis., and graduated from Antigo High School in 1935. She attended Ripon College for two years.

Kathryn was employed at C&NW Railway in Antigo from 1939 to 1947.

She married John R. Reed (Bud) in Antigo, on Feb. 18, 1944.

Kathryn and John moved to Conover, Wis., in October 1947, where they lived until 1983, when they moved to Eagle River, Wis. 

Kathryn was a charter member of Jobes Daughters in Antigo. She was a member and past matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Eagle River. She was a member of the Gaveliers, past matrons.

Kathryn was a member of the Congregational Church in Eagle River.

She was a longtime member of the Plum Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Sayner.

She was a longtime supporter of the Conover Lions Club. She was a member of the Conover school board. She was very active in the Homemakers and Women’s clubs in Conover.

Kathryn was the first woman sheriff’s deputy in northern Wisconsin working at the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department from April 1967 through April 1983. The family is honored to have six female deputies from the sheriff’s department serve as pallbearers.  

Kathryn is survived by two sons, Jack of Rice Lake and Tom (Karen) of Sayner; three grandchildren, John (Michelle), Matthew (Mela­nie) and Alyssa (Tony); seven great-grandchildren, Bradley, Naomi (Luke), Eve (Trevor), Seth, Dominic, Eli and Reed; and one great-great-granddaughter, Hazel.

Also survived by two cousins in Antigo, Bette (Rick) Clay and Judy Cousineau, and one cousin, Lee (Sandy) Hanson of Cheboygan, Mich.; and several nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

She was especially loved by those in Arkansas and Connecticut.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Bud” Reed; parents, Harold and Ruby Eickhoff; brothers, Jack, Harold and Dr. Everett Eickhoff; and daugh­ter-in-law, Donna Reed. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and interment will follow at Hildegard Cemetery in Conover. 

Memorials may be sent to: Vilas K-9 Program, ? Sheriff Joe Fath, 330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521.

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River.  Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com

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