Max Nelson Reed, 72, died Aug. 25 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born April. 1, 1940 in McPherson, he was the son of Clarence Harley and Anna Ellen (Ebaugh) Reed. Max was a wonderful son, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, teacher, and coach. He married Judith Ann Birkholz on May 23, 1965 in Argonia. She survives. He obtained his Masters of Science in Education from Emporia State University, and took additional courses at the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse. He taught in the Meade Middle School, Meade, where he also coached football and basketball. In 1968, he moved to Great Bend, where he continued his teaching career at Great Bend High School, teaching American History, Constitution, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, and coaching football.
Mr. Reed was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, KNEA, and the University of Kansas Alumni Association. He loved to travel and hunt rocks and artifacts. After his retirement, he often submitted articles to the Rock and Gem Magazine.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Reed, of the home; two daughters, Alicia Maxxanne Reed and husband Scott of Lawrence and Alexis Suzzanne Boone and husband Brad of Liberty, Mo.; and one sister, Jane Hesse and husband Robert of Tulsa, Okla.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home with Pastor Jeffrey Slater officiating. The family will be present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, Ks. 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 28, 2012