Mr. John Thomas Reed, age 87, of 305 Fairmount Drive, Madison, Indiana, entered this life on February 18, 1921, in Madison, Indiana, the son of Thomas MacMillan & Stella Noble Reed, both of whom preceded him in death. He was raised in Madison and was a 1938 graduate of Madison High School. He was a 1942, graduate of Hanover College and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He was united in marriage on April 21, 1945, in Madison to Mary Jane Reed, to this union arrived two sons and a daughter to bless their home. He was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps on October 1, 1943 in Madison, Indiana, and rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant, serving in the 324th Fighter Group, during World War II. He fought in the Mediterranean Theater and the battles of Rome-Arno and Southern France; the African-Middle Eastern Theater & European Theater and on August 7, 1944, he was awarded the Air Medal from the Twelfth Air Force Headquarters, by Major General John K. Cannon, for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a P-40 Aircraft. On Sept. 12, 1944, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, from Major General John K. Cannon, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a P-40 aircraft. He was honorably discharged on July 25, 1945and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on July 16, 1944 in the European Theater, when he plane was shot down. He also received the World War II Victory Medal and his rose to the rank of First Lieutenant with the 2539th AAF BU. John returned home to help run the family business Reed's Laundry, that was founded in 1920. John retired from the laundry business in 1971. He co-owned with his wife, Mary Jane, M'Lady Fine Clothing Store on Main street in downtown Madison for 25 years. He also worked as an insurance agent for several local agencies for 25 years. He was a member of the Madison Elks Lodge #524, and was the oldest member. He was a member of Washington Fire Company #2; he was a member of Madison Rotary Club, and was a past president; Union Lodge #2 F & AM; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis; the Murat Shrine; and North Madison Christian Church. John had served on the Madison Consolidated School Board and was president as well. John was a well known civic leader and helped to secure Ivy Tech for the Madison Community. John enjoyed socializing, playing tennis, was an avid walker, and devoted to his family. John died Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 7:34 am at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover, Indiana, with his loving family at his side.
A LOVING FAMILY
John will be missed by his loving wife of sixty three years: Mary Jane Reed of Madison, Indiana; his loving sons: Thomas MacMillan Reed & his wife: Marsha of Waleska, Georgia and Randy Reed & his wife: Celeste of Madison, Indiana; his loving daughter: Betsy Reed Scott & her husband: Mark of Madison, Indiana; his adoring grandchildren: Jeff Jankosky & his wife: Tanya; Amy Reed; Adam Reed & his wife: Shelly; Kelli Chambers & her husband: Burton;, Reed Hoffman & his wife: Kristin; his step grandchildren: Hannah Kernen & her husband: Mark; Sadie, Abigail & Isaac Scott; and Valarie Hoffman; his great grandchildren: Quentin & Wynn Jankosky; his niece: Linda Holton of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas MacMillan & Stella Noble Reed.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, August 15, 2008 at 11:00 am, by Bro. Bob Hicks, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Springdale Cemetery in Madison, Indiana with full military honors conducted by Wright Patterson Air Force Base Ceremonial Unit and Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion.
Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am until time of the service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.
Madison Elks Lodge #524 will conduct memorial services on Thursday at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Washington Fire Company #2 will conduct memorial services on Thursday at 7:30 pm at the funeral home.
Union Lodge #2 F & AM will conduct Masonic services on Thursday at 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Madison Christian Church Outreach or Washington Fire Company #2. Cards are available at the funeral home.