Richard V. â€śRVâ€ť Reed, 86, former principal of Whitko High School, died at his home in South Whitley at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011. He had been in failing health.
He was born Oct. 5, 1924 in South Bend, a son of Vern W. and Mary (Tyndall) Reed. His formative years were spent in Spencerville and he graduated from St. Joe High School. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture/chemistry. He completed his masters of education degree at Ball State University.
On Dec 14, 1942 in enlisted in the United States Army and served in the European theater. He was honorably discharged May 1, 1946. On Aug. 30, 1947, he was united in marriage to Loma Musser. They made their home in Pierceton.
A life-long educator, he began his teaching career in 1949 at Pierceton High School teaching agriculture classes and coaching Jr. High basketball and baseball. In 1963, he became the principal at Pierceton High School and in 1971, the principal for the newly formed Whitko High School serving in that capacity until 1983. He finished his career as a science teacher at Whitko until retiring in 1986. He then became the voice of Whitko football and basketball as the announcer at all home games.
He was a member of United Methodist Church of South Whitley, South Whitley Lions Club, Pierceton American Legion, 4-H Leader for 20 years, IHSAA Board of Directors, Future Farmers of America and a founding member of Whitley County EMS in South Whitley.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Loma; three sons, Barry (Elaine) Reed of Chapin, S.C., Steve (Carol) Reed of South Whitley, Nelson Reed of Tallahassee, Fla.; three daughters, Jo Ellen (Monte) Wilkinson of Larwill, Teresa (Jeff) Gable of North Manchester, Jill Flory Wagner of Orlando, Fla.; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a sister, Carol (Marcel) Pugsley of Florida.
He was preceded in death by a son, Brian Reed.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Whitko High School, South Whitley with the funeral service at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium. There will be a private burial at the South Whitley Cemetery. Services are by Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley.
Preferred memorials are to Whitko Athletic Department or United Methodist Church of South Whitley.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.