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Chuck Reed December 30 1955 - November 22 2017 In Loving Memory Chuck never knew a stranger. Everyone that met Chuck loved him. He was a hard worker entrepreneurial at an early age and always atChuck Reed the-ready to help family and friends. Chuck developed a love of music at a Chuck never knew a stranger.balance of his adult life playing him. very young age and spent the Everyone that met Chuck loved music and bringing joy to others through his musical talents. always He was a hard worker entrepreneurial at an early age and at-the-ready to help family and friends. Chuck developed a love On of music at30 1955 Moeage and spent the were blessed with their December a very young and Jeanne Reed balance of his adult life third child and only son Charles Gordon Reed III or hiseveryone talplaying music and bringing joy to others through as musical knew him Chuck. Chuck joined his two older sisters Debbie and ents. Donna in their childhood home in Ft. Thomas Kentucky. On December 30 1955 Moe and Jeanne Reed were blessed with their third child and only son Charles Gordon Reed III were Throughout his childhood Chuck and his faithful dog Winky or as everyone knew him Chuck. Chuck joined his two older visiting a common sight running through the streets of Ft. Thomas sisters Debbie and Donna in their childhood home in resulted in Kentucky. neighbors and local merchants. This relationshipFt. Thomas his lifelong connection with dogs. Chuck went to school at Highlands where Throughout his and developed a love for competitive swimming. he played basketball childhood Chuck and his faithful dog Winky were a common sight running through select swim team in addition He was recruited to join the Marlins a the streets of Ft. Thomas visiting neighbors and local alma mater This butterfly and freestyle to holding records at his merchants. in therelationship resulted in his lifelong connection with dogs. Chuck went to school at Highlands events for decades. where he played basketball and developed a love for competitive swimming. He 1974 and started his the job with General Chuck graduated in was recruited to join first Marlins a select swim team in addition to holding records at his alma Electric. Soon after high school Chuck mater in the butterfly and freestyle events for began to take an interest in learning decades. how to play bass. Chuck graduated in 1974 and started his first job with General Electric. Soon after high school Chuck began to take an interest in learning how to play bass. One of his Ft. Thomas neighbors was Mike Riley who taught Chuck the basics (Mike went on to play with Pure Prairie League). Chuck was blessed to share his talent with many bands over the years both playing and singing. One of his Ft. Thomas neighbors was Mike Riley who taught Chuck the basics (Mike went on to play with Pure Prairie League). Chuck was blessed to share his talent with many bands over the years both playing and singing. Chuck began a successful career in facilities management and worked for the Florence Mall Lazarus Citi Sisters of Charity and the Newport Aquarium. All the while he continued to hone his craft as a bass player and expanding his production company River City Productions. It was through his love of music that Chuck met Melissa Singer in 1986 at a wedding where they were both performing. Little did Chuck know that Melissa would one day be the love of his life. Several months later needing a lead singer Chuck recruited Melissa for his band Fine Line. They became good friends and shared a love of music and performing. Eventually the band reformed to become NightLife which was a popular local band for over 20 years. In 2008 Chuck founded a new project with a select group of musicians called DV8 which has become one of the top bands in the area. Through the years of playing music together Melissa and Chuck s relationship deepened from friendship to love. They married on May 28 1994 at St. Joseph Church in St. Leon Indiana and Melissa s hometown. Chuck s grandfather Lee Daulton sang The Lord s Prayer during the mass. Additionally the bride and groom serenaded one another to Lullaby by Billy Joel in front of the large gathering of family and friends. On May 10 1995 baby boy Lee Daulton Reed was born. From early on Lee has fond memories of accompanying his dad with setting up professional audio systems for everything from the Boone County Parks Concert Series to huge sound systems for national acts at the Syndicate local fairgrounds and other large venues. Lee idolized his dad and could usually be found at his dad s side helping with projects around the house or helping him maintain the equipment in the workshop. Lee enjoyed center stage in the Reed household until February 14 2001 when he got a very special valentine his baby sister Madison. Maddie was Chuck s little princess and she had him wrapped around her little finger from the beginning. Chuck loved teaching her to swim from the time she was an infant and hoisting her up on his broad shoulders so she wouldn t miss anything. He often made up funny songs just to make her giggle. While the kids were growing up the young family loved spending time at the Singer family farm bailing hay driving tractors and celebrating holidays with Easter Egg hunts and family dinners. There were also vacations at the beach with Grandpa and Grandma Reed in Panama City Florida. Chuck and Melissa worked as a team and the popularity of their band DV8 continued to grow. Chuck was so proud of being asked to play for the cities largest events such as Taste of Cincinnati and Oktoberfest as well as sporting events for the Cincinnati Bengals. Chuck grew his company River City Productions in both size and reputation and produced shows for major acts including Destiny s Child Kansas Jason Aldean Montgomery Gentry Little River Band Night Ranger and Styx among many others. In 2011 Chuck was invited to join Suits That Rock a group comprised of business executives that hosts an annual benefit. He was happy to both perform and provide production for this great event. In 2013 Chuck was beyond proud to be inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame as a member of Strange Brew. Chuck s favorite accomplishment was that of being a loving husband and father. His children were a source of great pride and fueled his desire to keep going. Chuck s other major accomplishment was launching the Play On event to raise awareness and support for those that suffer from pancreatic cancer. Within a few months of his diagnosis the first of three annual fundraisers was scheduled. Chuck received support locally and from across the country many of the donations coming from other musicians inspired by his courage and strength. Chuck left us much too soon but his legacy will live on to help others. Everyone that knew him will remember Chuck as a warrior who loved his family and friends fiercely with a great talent for bringing music into our lives. Play on Chuck play on.