Major Carl Kenneth Reed, 79, was Promoted to Glory on Sunday, May 30, 2021. He was born to Reason and Mable (Shinkle) Reed on April 7, 1942 in Alexandria, IN and was raised in Elwood, IN. He attended grade school (1-8) at South Elwood, then attended Franklin High School for two years before transferring to the Great Commission High School in Anderson, IN, graduating in 1961.
Carl’s first memory of attending The Salvation Army was when Captains Don and Harriet Olson were the corps officers. He remembered them as loving pastors and for the attention they gave to his family. After they were transferred, the family stopped attending. Several years later when word came that the church was looking for people to play basketball at the National Guard Armory, Carl asked the Captain what was required to play, he was told all players had to attend church once a week so Carl returned to the Army.
When Captains John and Oneta McCarty later took him to Youth Councils, he went forward when the call to officership was given. He became a member of the Future Officers’ Fellowship and after high school graduation entered the Salvation Army’s seminary School for Officer Training in Chicago, IL as a member of the “Servants of Christ” session. He was commissioned as a Lt. in 1963 and was appointed to assist at the Bedford, IN church with responsibility for the outpost in Mitchell, IN.
It was while attending seminary that Carl met his future wife and life partner, Carol Harshberger. He often said “she was the best thing that every happen to Carl Reed”. They were married on July 3rd, 1964 and appointed to their first command in New Castle, IN. Over the next few years 4 children joined the family. Beth Ann in New Castle, Charlotte Marie in Manistee, MI, and Barbara Lynne and Brian Leslie in Cadillac, MI. In 1975, Claudia joined the family as a teen to complete the family. After several places of service throughout the midwest, the Reeds retired in1999, completing over 37 years of active officership.
A few of their career highlights include attending The Salvation Army’s International Congresses in 1978, 1990, and 2000. Carl was appointed to attend the International College for Officers in England in 1986. In 1992, Carl and Carol had the privilege to travel to Israel where they renewed their wedding vows while visiting Cana in Galilee.
During retirement Carl spent time working at the Adult Rehabilitation Center and was a member of the Flint Citadel Corps where he taught the soldiership recruits’ class. Later in retirement, they moved to the United Methodist Retirement Center in Chelsea, MI and most recently to Midland, MI where he was Promoted to Glory.
Carl was known for his love of people and the funny stories he told on almost any occasion. His favorite opening line of a conversation was, “Did you hear the one about…?” He was deeply concerned for the salvation of others and wanted to tell the story of Jesus over and over.
Tell It Again by Mary B.C. Slade
Tell it again! Tell it again!
Salvation’s story repeat o’er and o’er,
Till none can say of the children of men,
“Nobody ever has told me before.”
Preceded in death by:
Mother: Mable (Shinkle) Reed
Father: Reason Reed
Sisters: Lola McCord, Mary Lovell, Ruth Register
Brothers: Marion, Terry and Bill Reed
Wife: Major Carol Reed
Brother: Ron Reed
Children: Claudia (Rob) Simpson, Beth Simmert, Major Charlotte Hall, Major Barbara (Lt. Rob) Owen, Majors Brian (Heidi) Reed
Son-in-Law: Joseph (Marge) Simmert
Grandchildren: Charity (Rob), Andrew, Alyssa (Ryan), Colleen, Avery, Lindsay (Jason), Trevor (Julie), Andrea, Haley, Amanda (Max), Catrin, Briana (Wesley)
Great-Grandchildren: Karah, Ethan, Arwen, Eden, Juniper, Alice
A memorial service will be held on July 3, (Majors Carl’s and Carol’s 57th wedding anniversary) at the Miller-Stewart Funeral Home in Middlebury, IN at 10:00 am with visitation starting at 9:00 am.