The 1969 graduate of Garfield High School in Terre Haute, was born July 12, 1950 in Terre Haute to Floyd Reed and Jean Whitledge Reed. He was minister, the CEO at the Open Arms Christian Ministries near Switz City and a member of the Sullivan First Christian Church. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Indiana Youth Investment Award in 2005 by the Indiana Youth Institute and received the Governors Award for Service and Volunteerism in the Faith Based Category. He was a board member of the Indiana Adult Continuing Education Association, a member of the Child Welfare League of America and a member of the IARCCA.
He was preceded in death by one daughter Jennifer Lin Reed; his father; and one sister Nancee Hiatt.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years Carol Anne Hutton Reed of Sullivan whom he married May 28, 1986; one son Caleb Glenn Reed of Sullivan; one daughter Cortney Jean Reed of Sullivan; his mother of Terre Haute, one brother Scott Reed of Brighton, MI; three sisters Nikki Robinson, Terri Schimmel and Kristi Turner all of Terre Haute, one grand child Braylin Rae Adams and other relatives.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sullivan First Christian Church with Rev. Dale Wise officiating. Burial will be in the Center Ridge Cemetery with military rites by the Sullivan, Shelburn and Hymera American Legions and the Sullivan Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation will be 4-8:00 p.m. Wednesday and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church. Holmes Memorial Chapel in Sullivan is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers donations may be madw to the Vern Reed Memorial Chapel Building Fund, envelopes will be available at the church.