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  • Obituary: Max Nelson Reed

  • Max Nelson Reed, 72, died August 25, 2012, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita.
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  • Max Nelson Reed, 72, died August 25, 2012, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita.
    He was born April 1, 1940, in McPherson to Clarence Harley and Anna Ellen (Ebaugh) Reed.
    Max was a wonderful son, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, teacher and coach. He married Judith Ann Birkholtz on May 23, 1965, in Argonia, Kan.
    He obtained his Masters of Science in Education from Emporia State University and took additional courses at the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He taught at Meade Middle School, Meade, Kan., where he also coached football and basketball. In 1968, he moved to Great Bend, where he continued his teaching career at Great Bend High School, teaching American History, Constitution, Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology, as well as still coaching football.
    He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, KNEA and the University of Kansas Alumni Association. He loved to travel and hunt rocks and artifacts. After his retirement, he often submitted articles to Rock and Gem Magazine.
    Survivors include his wife, Judith, of the home; two daughters; Alicia Maxxanne Reed and husband, Scott, of Lawrence, and Alexis Suzzanne Boone and husband, Brad, of Liberty, Mo.; and one sister, Jane Hesse and husband, Robert, of Tulsa, Okla.
    Memorial services will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. The family will be present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Bryant Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place.
    Memorials are suggested to Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
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