Rev. Kenneth E. Reed


The Rev. Kenneth E. Reed, 88, of Franklin, and Fort Myers Beach, Florida, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

He was born in Powell County, Kentucky, the son of the late Vernon and Nora (Collier) Reed.

After graduating from Francis Joseph Reitz High School in Evansville in 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as machinist mate 3rd Class aboard the USS Scania (AKA-40).

Following his military service, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from University of Evansville, as well as a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree and PhD in psychology and counseling from Boston University.

In 1948, he married Alinda “Linda” Rogers, who preceded him in death in 1998. They had two children, Deborah (Reed) Fletcher and Michael Kent Reed.

He married Sandra (Drummond) Reed in 2002, whom he leaves behind, along with his brothers Roger and Elvin; five stepchildren; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Chester and sister, Thelma.

Dr. Reed was ordained by the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and was appointed to serve at Methodist Hospital of Indiana from 1958 to 2000 as an associate chaplain, director of chaplaincy services, and he retired as senior vice president for Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility and Pastoral Services.

During his tenure, he served on the hospital’s medical ethics committee. He started a clinical pastoral education program, and created Buchanan Counseling Center.

Life was his work. He wanted to share his knowledge and insights with all. As best he could, he practiced what he preached and taught on a daily basis. Ken was active in his local community.

He was a member of Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin and Faith United Methodist Church in Fort Myers,

Florida. He enjoyed traveling, sailing, and learning.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Monday at the Franklin United Methodist Community, Wright Memorial Chapel, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Flanner and Buchanan- Washington Park East, with a reception and gathering to follow. Burial will be private at a later date.

Memorial gifts in Dr. Reed’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation.

Family and friends are encouraged to view Dr. Reed’s extended obituary information online at