Ray E. Reed
January 18, 1921 - October 7, 2011

Ray E. Reed

Ray E. Reed
Jan 18, 1921 - Oct 7, 2011

Ray E. Reed
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Ray Edward Reed, age 90 of Colfax, died Friday, October 07, 2011, at Skiff Medical Center - Monarch Wing in Newton. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Howard Street Christian Church of Colfax with burial following at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 10, 2011 at Coburn Funeral Home from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. with family present to greet friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Colfax Fire Department, Mingo Fire Department or Hospice of Jasper County. Online condolences may be left for the family at

The son of Elmer and Laura (Sanders) Reed, Ray Edward Reed was born on January 18, 1921 in What Cheer, Iowa. Ray attended What Cheer and Newton Community Schools. On January 14, 1939 Ray was united in marriage with Helen M. McDaniel in Newton. Ray proudly served his country during WWII as a member of the United States Army, serving under General George Patton. Ray worked for Maytag for 32 years, retiring in 1977. While working at Maytag Ray and Helen also started Reed's Greenhouse. Ray spent countless hours at the greenhouse until his health would no longer allow. Ray loved attending and sponsoring youth athletics in the Colfax and Mingo area. He was also known as "Grandpa" to almost every kid in town. Ray was an honorary FFA and 4H Member.

Those left to honor Ray's memory are his three children; Gary Reed and his wife Patty of Winder, Georgia; Keith Reed and his wife Nancy of Colfax; and Donna Thompson and her husband Ronald of Colfax; nine grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant daughter, Judith, and two brothers, Leo and Earl Reed.


Kris Oswalt Smith on Oct 15, 2011

My sister and I always loved going to the greenhouse, sometimes 2 to 3 times a week.
When our children were little Ray would never let them leave empty handed. He always gave them a coleus or an aloe plant. Tara and Dave were so proud to report back to Ray that their plants were getting bigger, Ray would always wink at us knowing that he gave the kids plants the were sure to grow. My thoughts are with you.

Melissa and Chandler Clayton on Oct 11, 2011

Grandpa was an incredible man and it is hard to express in words how much he meant to us and how much he will be missed. He touched countless lives with his kindness, honesty, generousity and gentle sense of humor. We love and miss you forever Grandpa!

Dr. Maureen Merritt & family on Oct 11, 2011

CandleOur prayers and condolences go out to the Reed family on the passing of their father and grandfather Ray. My mother Betty, who loved to shop at the greenhouse each spring, always said he had the best flowers on the planet. Ray was a good man whose presence in the community will surely be missed.

Todd Swift on Oct 11, 2011

Every time I think of Ray, we remember how he was so instrumental in helping the Swifts clean up after a devastating fire in 1979. With out that help and support it may have proven too much to move on and rebuild from that disaster. Ray was so kind and helpful and we will always remember him as the 'pirate'. We at Swift Greenhouses (and the horticulture industry) will miss him.
The Swifts
Our Prayers go out to you.

Nora Borts on Oct 11, 2011

I wanted to let the family know that as much as mom, Catharine Henderson, wants to come and be with the family she is not able to.
She was saying how much fun her and dad used to have with Ray and Mardell. How they were a special couple. That is picture of Ray about summed up his life always smiling and ready to help everyone. He will really be missed.
Hugs and prayers to the family.
Catharine Henderson
Brian and Nora Borts

Kathi Shepherd on Oct 10, 2011

I grew up living next door to Ray and Mardelle. I was at their house as much as at my grandparents. I will miss them both. I loved them very much. My brother Ron and I are friends with Gary and Keith and Donna. He will be missed.

Eleanor Lewis on Oct 10, 2011

He will be missed a lot prayers to all the family.

Nicole (Reed) Kirby on Oct 10, 2011

I have many fond childhood memories of him and great grandma. He was a very special man and is going to be incredibly missed. I loved him so much, he will always hold a special place in my heart.

Karen, Matt, John and Caleb McDaniel on Oct 10, 2011

Uncle Ray was always such an honest man, even when you didn't want him to be such as telling you " I see you are still not skinny". He always had such a great sense of humor. He was loving and kind and it was always a treat to be able to go and visit at their house even as adults. We will miss you Uncle Ray. Thanks for all the memories.

Stacy (Edgar) Kacer on Oct 9, 2011

The Jeff, Will and I will miss you so very much "Grandpa". Love and prayers to all the family.


Eleanor Binegar Madoll on Oct 9, 2011

You will be missed...Sorry I can't be there..

casey on Oct 9, 2011

He was my grategrandpa.I have only seen his once ever at his wife's funuel.I will miss him.



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Coburn Funeral Home of Colfax
24 W Howard Street
Colfax, Iowa 50054
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Family present to greet friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Howard Street Christian Church
101 N Locust Street
Colfax, Iowa 50054
10:00 AM
Burial following at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe

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