Jesse Lee Reed, 90

Jesse Lee Reed, 90, of Wabash, died at 1:20 pm, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Bickford Cottage in Wabash. 

He was born May 9, 1925 in Fulton County, to Henry Reed and Pearl (Brooks) Reed Mendenhall.

Jess was a 1943 graduate of Linlawn High School.  He married Bessie Frank in Wabash on Sept. 29, 1944; she died Sept. 2, 2010.  He was a farmer, drove school bus 14 years for the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County, and drove a gas truck for Farm Bureau.  Jess was a member of Asbury Country Church, and a 25-year member of the Wabash Lions Club.  He participated in the National Horseshoe Pitching Contest, winning several times.  He was an avid golfer and loved his family.  Jess lived at Bickford Cottage since February 2015. 

He is survived by two granddaughters, Amanda L. (Joe) Spicer of Fort Wayne, and Jenny L. Reed of Burlington, Wisconsin, two great-granddaughters, Alexandra Graf and Aria Spicer both of Fort Wayne, brothers and sisters, Ronnie (Pat) Reed of Columbia City,  Bonnie (Roger) Dale of Wabash, Ilene Tabler of Logansport,, and Fred (Mary Alice) Reed of Wabash, and his special friend, Virginia Wright of Marion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Randy Reed, five brothers, Cleave Reed, Leonard Reed, Robert Reed, Dale Reed, and Ray Reed, and his sister, Beulah Vinson.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Mike Bullick officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery.  Friends may call 4-7 pm Friday, at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for Jesse may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Apr 14