Ron and Debbie Reed were inducted Friday, June 15, into the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame.
The Reeds’ daughter, Katherine Reed Evans, made the award presentation for her mother, Debbie Reed. The couple’s son, Taylor, offered remarks about his father.
The association established its Hall of Fame in 2004, and it has inducted at least one new member each year since then. Frequently, there have been two new members per year, and sometimes as many as three. With the addition of the Reeds, there are now a total of 29 honorees.
The 2018 induction was unique in one respect at least — it was the first time a husband and wife had been inducted together.
Ron Reed, 69, is a third-generation rancher. He and his brother, Melvin, established the Reed Brothers cattle operation in 1970 in Foraker. Ron was president of the OCCA in 1985 and currently serves on the Oklahoma Beef Council’s Board of Directors.
Debbie Reed, 67, served three terms as president of the Osage County CattleWomen. She joined the organization in 1975, the year that she and Ron married. Debbie’s mother-in-law, Dorothy Reed, and sister-in-law, Diane Reed, recruited her to join the organization. Debbie Reed also taught fourth grade for seven years at Pawhuska Elementary School.
Katherine Reed Evans praised her mother’s can-do spirit, remarking that Debbie was willing to get into the middle of things and get her boots dirty.
Taylor Reed gave examples of his father’s resilience in times of adversity, as well as his persistence and hard work to make the ranching operation successful.
Ron Reed, a graduate of Oklahoma State University’s bachelor’s program in agribusiness administration, developed a market-hedging program that had the effect of managing the risk of a downturn in cattle prices.
Ron and Debbie Reed have three children and three grandchildren.