Reed Archie Allred
Reed Archie Allred, June 9, 1956 - December 27, 2020.
Reed Archie Allred, 64 passed peacefully at his home in Idaho. Reed was born July 9, 1956 in Brigham City, Utah to Kenneth and Mae Allred. He spent his childhood in Clearfield, Utah riding bicycles and spending time with his five siblings Alan, Anna, Janet, Nancy, and Brian. At an early age Reed found a love for engines and enjoyed helping his dad in the garage, finding and fixing problems. He was known in the family for his riding abilities and fearlessness, and his love for the outdoors and hunting.
Reed was always in pursuit of adventure and loved pushing the boundaries of what he could accomplish. When he learned to ride a bike, that turned to wheelies, which turned into motorcycle wheelies, and eventually wheelies around the block. And when Reed wasn’t pursuing adventure it pursued him! At 13, Reed was woken by a curious bear while sleeping outside during a family camping trip. Luckily, all he came out with was some small scars, a ripped shirt as a souvenir, and a story to entertain the family for years to come.
Reed graduated from Clearfield High School in 1974 and joined the Army, serving for two years from 1974-1976. While serving he made friends from Montana and following his honorable discharge in 1976, he made his way to MT to see what it had to offer.
Reed settled in Deer Lodge and found work as a ranch hand. On June 5th, 1980, he married Jane Boggess and together they had three girls, Tiffany, Jolanda, and Kailey. Reed bought his first self-loading log truck some years later. He liked to tell everyone, “You’ll never get anywhere working for someone else,” and for the next 30 years he ran a successful trucking business allowing him to retire at 62.
During his working years not much changed from his childhood. The toys just got bigger and the inner daredevil never left. Many years with his family were spent camping, hunting, boating, exploring mountain lakes, and scaring people with his infamous Jeep rides. He enjoyed all types of hunting and fishing and often travelled to East Montana, Florida, and Alaska to enjoy the outdoors with his friends and family. In the later years he enjoyed riding his mule Toby and packing into the mountains as a member of the Backcountry Horsemen.
Retirement suited him well. He enjoyed the property he had built with all his “stuff” around him. He enjoyed being alone, but loved having good friends and his grandkids around. In 2020 he found the perfect solution and moved to North Idaho in the mountains in the middle of nowhere. Just the way he wanted it. A caravan of amazing friends helped get him over and settled. Thankfully, Reed spent his last years surrounded by the people who mattered most. Gone far too soon, he will be extremely missed. Per his request no service will be held.
Reed is preceded by his parents Viola Mae and Kenneth Allred. Reed is survived by his five siblings Alan, Janet, Nancy, Anna, Brian, his daughters Tiffany Bentick, Jolanda LaChapelle, and Kailey Allred, his unofficial son Kyle Stone, and his beloved grandsons Kessler Reed Bentick and Kanyen Allen Bentick.
“I’m the biggest, baddest, little mother you’ve ever met, and don’t you forget it.”
Fred Dale Benson (Papa Fred)
Fred Dale Benson (Papa Fred) passed away December 23, 2020, at his home.
Fred was born November 15, 1929, in Deer Lodge, to John and Ester Benson. He attended grade school in Avon and high school in Deer Lodge.
When he was 14 years old his parents were killed in a tragic accident. He quit school when he was a freshman in high school so he could help with running the family ranch.
Fred married Dorothy Eliason on November 20, 1949. They resided on the ranch in Avon for several years. In 1954 he was drafted into the army and served for a few years. While in Avon they had several dairy cows which had to be milked early in the morning and then in the evening. In between the milking times all the other ranching work had to be done. The milk was sold to the creamery in Deer Lodge for many years. After the ranch in Deer Lodge was purchased, Fred and Dot moved and continued to live and ranch there.
Fred and Dot were not blessed with having their own children but while living in both Avon and Deer Lodge they helped raise many kids. There were always one or more kids living with them. All the kids wanted to go stay with Papa Fred and Grandma Dot.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, his parents, John and Ester Benson, sister Betty and brother Cliff. He is survived by his brother Bruce and sister-in-law Pauline, his sister Eva Browning, his sister-in-law, Helen Ring and his sister-in-law Sharon and brother-in-law Joe Applegate. He also has many nieces and nephews that he loved.
Graveside service were be held December 30, 2020, at the Avon Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held in the summer. In-lieu of flowers memorials are appreciated and can be made to the Avon Cemetery, the Avon Community Club or the Community of Christ Church in Deer Lodge.