James A. Reed, 88, Cassopolis, Mich., died Monday, March 30, 2020, at Cass County Medical Facility in Cassopolis, Mich.
He was born July 22, 1931, in Elkhart County, to George and Alice (Shumaker) Reed. He was a lifetime area resident and was married to Norma Kuhn in 1953. She preceded him in death in 1996. In 2007 he married Elaine Vail. She preceded him in death earlier this year. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was a lifelong dairy farmer. He attended St. John’s United Church of Christ in Woodlawn and was a 4-H leader for the Madison Township Tractor Club. He was dedicated to his dairy cows and won awards for his herd. Most of all, he enjoyed his family and spending time with his grand and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by a daughter: Patty (Randy) Birk, Osceola; three sons: David Reed, Bremen; Jerry (Connie) Reed, Mishawaka; and Roger (Debbie) Reed, Bremen; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister: Marilyn (Lowell) Kuhn, Bremen; and a brother: George (Carolyn) Reed, Nappanee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; a grandson: Josh Reed; and brother: Frank Reed.
Private family services will be held with burial at Union Center Cemetery in Nappanee.