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Trustee Larry Reed dies at 76

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Longtime Village Board member, Larry Reed, passed away on September 9 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Reed was 76.

The Village mourned his loss with a posting on its website that reads:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Village Trustee Larry Reed. Larry worked generously and tirelessly for the Village of Forsyth. He served as a trustee on the Village Board for 15 years, as a trustee on the board of the Hickory Point Fire Protection District, as a member of the former Sunshine Rotary Club, and as perhaps our library’s biggest champion. The Mayor, Board, and all the employees of the Village extend our deepest sympathy to the Reed family.”

At the Board of Trustees meeting on September 17, Reed was honored with a moment of silence before the meeting began. His vacant seat at the table was adorned with a black ribbon and a single white rose.

Reed, a former educator, was known for his understated and thoughtful demeanor, for his effective governing and for his devotion to his family and community.

Mayor Marilyn Johnson, who had served with Reed since 2003, spoke of her shock at his loss and called him a friend. Reed and Johnson — due to their years of public service in Forsyth — were considered by many to be the unofficial institutional memory of Village Hall.

“Larry has been such a part of our community,” Johnson said. “He will be very much missed. He’s done so much for our community and was always there for whatever we needed.”

Filling Reed’s term

Mayor Marilyn Johnson is requesting that persons interested in being appointed to serve the remainder of Trustee Larry Reed’s term, which ends in May, 2019, submit the following information to Village Administrator David Strohl at dstrohl@forsythvillage.us no later than Thursday, October 11:

1. Name

2. Address

3. Telephone number

4. Email address

5. Length of time as a resident of Forsyth

6. Information about yourself

7. Why you are interested in serving on the Board

8. What attributes you believe would make you a good addition to the Board

To be considered, applicants must:

1. be a citizen of the United States and of the state of Illinois;

2. be a qualified elector of the Village;

3. be a resident of the Village for one (1) year preceding his or her appointment;

4. not be in arrears in the payment of a tax or other indebtedness due to the Village; and

5. not been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony. 

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