Lester J. Reed

September 10, 1909January 27, 2019

Lester Jesse Reed, 109 years and 4 months old, of Overland Park, KS, passed away January 27, 2019. Visitation will be on Monday, February 4 at 10:00 am at Wesley Chapel, Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224. The service will follow at 11 am. Burial will be at Prairie Home Cemetery, Diller, NE.

Mr. Reed was born September 10, 1909 in Havelock, Nebraska. Lester was a quiet, amiable, optimistic man always ready to tell a story about his life in Nebraska. His childhood centered around hard work but included shenanigans with neighboring children, including wrestling his friend who later became actor Robert Taylor. Lester and his mother entertained the family at home. His mother played the piano, French harp or guitar and Lester played the drums or the trombone. A Shetland pony named Teddy was his transportation to school and he often balked and tried to dump Lester off on the way to school. In school, Lester’s nickname was “Read-a-Book”. He graduated from the 9th grade. In his late teens, after working on his father’s farm, he purchased a 1925 Model T Ford for $175.

Lester enjoyed his career managing grain elevators throughout southeast and central Nebraska. Ironically, he retired at the age of 63 because of health problems, convinced he wouldn’t live much longer. After a quick recovery, he worked for a landscaping company and mowed lawns for friends and neighbors for many years.

Lester’s interests included family, work, and reading. He operated grain elevators in many small towns in central and southeast Nebraska. He was a member of the Masons and was recognized for his long membership by the Overland Park Masonic chapter.

He was always an active church member, a Methodist for most of his life and a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Lester was active in the ABC Sunday School class there and worked on church service projects in the area.

Lester was preceded in death by Vera Reed (88), his wife of 68 years; son Lester Lamar, sisters Irene (2), Myrle (99) and Doris (43); brothers Gerald Reed (94), Dale Reed (96). He is survived by daughter Ardith M. Warner of Overland Park, KS, and many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation

    Monday, February 4, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, February 4, 2019

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019


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Missy Buchanan

February 7, 2019

I remember so well interviewing Lester for my book, Don’t Write My Obituary Just Yet, when he was just 100 years old! What a remarkable, faith-filled man! Sending my heartfelt sympathies and prayers as you celebrate his long life.

Deb Prather

February 3, 2019

Hi Ardith and Family,
My deepest condolences for your loss. Lester was such a blessing to all he met. He and Bill shared some great discussions and had very similar experiences in their youth and careers. Lester had such deep faith and gentle spirit. May God bless your family always.



February 1, 2019

I have very fond memories of Lester from when he was in Hastings, NE. Our paths crossed as I was a young blood working for Big G Ace in Hastings, NE. Lester was a man with much patience with this young gal that had just graduated from the Tech school here in Hastings. I always enjoyed helping Lester find what he needed when he came to our store and chatting with him about anything that we wanted. He will certainly be missed.

Christine Albers

February 1, 2019

Dear Ardie, It's no secret to anyone that your dad was a sheer joy to get to know. I first met Lester the year he turned 100. He was the oldest person I had ever met and I always felt like I was in the presence of someone very important. He was so dignified. It was a few years later I bought a newer used car. We were riding together to our Reliv meetings and you and your dad met me at Starbucks. I remember clearly how your dad got out of the car and walked around my new to me car. Eventually he leaned over and measured my tire tread with his fingers. He turned to me and said "you did well". I was so touched by his fatherliness and happy the car met his approval! This world was sure blessed to have Lester Reed in it. I will miss him forever but rest in the assurance I will see him again. My heart goes out to you and Chuck. Love you dear friend.

Bernard Poppe

February 1, 2019

Dear Ardith and family
My heart felt condolences on the death of your father Lester.
I remember him as a person who was very patient , caring and calm in stressful situations.
He hired me at the Fuller Grain Elevation in Byron, Nebraska where he taught me the operation of a grain elevator.
I had the privilege of speaking to him by phone several years ago and i cherish the discussion I had with him.
May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.
Bernard (Bernie) Poppe

Tom C Dailey

January 31, 2019

Rest well, Brother Lester. I believe I met you at OvPk Lodge, some years ago when I visited from Colorado. Enter now, Good and Faithful Servant.

Tom Dailey 32 PM PC
Centennial Lodge No. 84
Denver, CO

Glen Daugherty

January 31, 2019

Hi, Ardith:
109 Wow! I am proud to have known this wonderful man from his time at the Hastings elevator, also your mother as the office mgr. At nearly 83, I am the last surviving board member of Adams Central when you were there. I always remember our Sup't Orwin White held you in such high esteem. I hope you are well and wish you all the best. Glen Daugherty