He was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Independence to J. Homer and Sarah M. (Brown) Reed. He grew up in Independence and graduated from Independence High School in 1940 and Independence Community College in 1942.
Mr. Reed served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He played trumpet in the Army Air Corps band until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He attended the Dry Cleaning Institute in Silver Springs, Md., and in 1947 received a certificate in dry cleaning. He then returned to Parsons and worked at Elam Dry Cleaners, which later became Koogle Dry Cleaners. He retired in 1987.
For many years, he was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and in recent years a member of First Christian Church. He was a member of Parsons Amateur Woodworkers Society and an honorary lifetime member of the Parsons Archery Club. Mr. Reed enjoyed archery and bow hunting and was a master craftsman of traditional long bows. He played violin in the Parsons Community Orchestra for many years and served as concert master for several of those years.
On Nov. 4, 1942, he married Doris E. Smith in Independence. She preceded him in death on April 15.
Survivors include a son, Michael D. Reed and his wife, Jewell, of Parsons; two daughters, Susan M. Goodman and her husband, John, and Jennifer A. Sprague and her husband, John, all of Wichita; five grandchildren, Connor Goodman, Caitlyn Goodman, Emily Sprague, Rachel Sprague and Madelyn Sprague; and a sister, Margaret Raines of Iola.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a nephew, Sam Raines; and a sister-in-law, Blossom Buchanan.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Carson Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Labette Assistance Center or the American Alzheimer’s Association and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences can be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.