James Edward Reed, 87, of Monticello, passed away on Saturday evening, January 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on August 1, 1932 in Clinton County, Indiana to the late Roy A. and Violet (Timmons) Reed. His father passed away when Jim was a toddler and his mother remarried the now late Leon Altic who fathered him. Jim's first marriage was to the former Julia Null and she preceded him in death. He married Darla K. Rice on May 28, 1993 in Frankfort who survives.
Jim attended Rossville High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He worked his career as a Teamster truck driver for Exide Battery and was proud to be presented with an award for being accident free for 35 years.
He obtained his pilot's license in White County. He enjoyed his mini farm, "2 Bit Acres" where he raised AMHR miniature horses. He was a horse lover and a team pinner. In his spare time, he enjoyed making wind chimes and mini wooden scaled replicas of antique farm equipment.
Above all else, Jim cherished his family and time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He felt especially blessed for the opportunity to care daily for his youngest granddaughter, Rayna.
He was a member of the Teamsters Union and the American Legion Post 91 of Monticello.
Surviving are his wife, Darla of Monticello; his children, James L. Reed of Frankfort, Jenna C. Sheets of Rossville, Timothy G. (Tina) Reed of Lafayette, Beth A. (Rick) Gunn of Oklahoma City, OK, William "Bud" (Kim) Carmack of Delphi, Rachel (Eric) England of Monticello; grandchildren, Sandy Jo (Ryan), Jed (Missy), Jessi (Randy), Dustin, Danielle, Shawn (Danielle), Misty (Steven), Miranda (Joe), Michelle, Jessi Rae, Erin Kye, Nathaniel, Lillian, and Rayna; nineteen great grandchildren; and his brother, William (Edith) Reed of FL.
He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Pete Sheets; daughter-in-law, Vicki Jo Reed; granddaughter, Tanda Marie; and brother, Jack Reed.
A private family service is entrusted to Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello.
A memorial service with full military rites is being planned for the Spring of 2020 with a celebration of Jims life to follow.
Memorial contributions in Jim's memory are encouraged to Happy Tails where he and his wife, Darla adopted their Dachshund, Gussie.
Messages of condolence may be extended at www.springerfuneralhome.com