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Jerry Reeder was born November 28, 1933 in a farmhouse near Hope Community in Stephens County, OK to Mayno and L.D. Reeder. He attended Hope Grade School and Bray High School where he played basketball. Jerry was drafted into the army in 1954. He attended administration school at Fort Knox, Kentucky and was sent to Heidelberg, Germany where he received top secret clearance and worked at US Army European headquarters. Jerry graduated from Central State College in 1961 and began to work for the Government Accountability Office, receiving top secret security clearance there, too. When he passed his CPA exam in 1963, he became the first person who graduated from CSC (now UCO) to become a CPA. During his tenure at GAO, his work included reviews of foreign ownership of land, Air Force inventory management, and rocket system support. He spent much time in Washington DC reporting these findings to Congress. After retirement in 1990, he helped his nephew Lyndle Byford manage the family farm. In 2002, he and his daughter, Lydia Ellen, began researching her book Dust Bowl Girls that features the 1932 champion womens basketball team known as the Oklahoma Presbyterian College Cardinals. Meeting these champion basketball players inspired Jerry to advocate for their induction into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame as the first Oklahoma Team of Legend. Jerry was extraordinarily dedicated to his family. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Betty. Jerry is survived by wife Lydia Lee, sister Jan, children Lydia Ellen, Robert, Rosalind, and David, 7 grandchildren, Brianne, Taylor, Teaghan, Katharine, Darby, Grace, and Lucy, and 2 great grandchildren, Viviana and Samuel. Services to celebrate his life will be held at Stone Gate Presbyterian Church, Edmond, at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec 4.
Published on December 1, 2017
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