Dr. John Howard Reed

July 14, 1934January 4, 2020

Dr. John Howard Reed, age 85, passed from this life to the next, January 4, 2020 at his home of 30 years in Westminster, Colorado. Howard was born July 14, 1934 in Bloomfield, Missouri. Howard moved to Sikeston when he was six years old and later graduated from Sikeston High School; where he excelled on the football field gaining recognition as High School All-American Wide Receiver. His love for the football field continued into his college years while attending Southeast Missouri State University. He held the title of Wide Receiver All-State for 2 years. There are players on the fields today still trying to beat Howard's football records.

Dr. Reed went on to receive: a Bachelor's of Science Degree in History, a Master's Degree in History, a Specialist Degree in Education, and ultimately a Doctor of Philosophy of Education. He had a gift for teaching; teaching his students, teaching graduates of basic training while in the Army, teaching his children, and later even teaching his grandchildren. He became Superintendent of K-12, a supervisor of student teachers, and was instrumental in developing and also taught at the Missouri Officers Candidate School for the Missouri National Guard. Howard was also a teacher at his alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University and he was involved in their Athletic Program. He moved to Colorado in 1990 to become the Principle of Belleview Christian Schools and served as a Minster of the Pillar of Fire Church. Howard spent 38 years in the Missouri Army National Guard and Army Reserve where he proudly retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Howard held close in his heart: faith and devotion to God, the love of his country, his beloved family, and education. Howard is survived by his wife, Weymuth (Heuiser) Reed; daughter Catherine “Cathy” Zwink; and son David Reed; grandson Samuel Zwink, grandson Christopher Zwink, granddaughter Ashley Zwink, granddaughter Johanna Lavender and granddaughter Hallee Lavender. He will be deeply missed and forever treasured by his family and close friends.

A graveside service for Howard was held January 10, 2020 at the Belleview Cemetery, 3455 W 83rd Ave in Westminster, Colorado. A memorial service will occur Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1:30 PM in New Jerusalem House Church, Westminster, Colorado.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Reed family.


  • Weymuth Reed, Wife
  • Catherine “Cathy” Zwink, Daughter
  • David Reed, Son
  • Samuel Zwink, Grandson
  • Christopher Zwink, Grandson
  • Ashley Zwink, Granddaughter
  • Johanna Lavender, Granddaughter
  • Hallee Lavender, Granddaughter


  • Graveside Service Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2020


Dr. John Howard Reed

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colleen mcgowan

January 23, 2020

Aug.13, 2019 Dr. Reed, Today I'm writing to thank you for some of the ways you've made a difference in my life!
Most recently you have let me picture parts of the South & Europe that I've never seen nor am likely to visit! Your own love of history, persons, & places let you file away details that made each come alive for me! Just by listening I am richer & happier because of your knowledge & memory! I am not exaggerating. You took the time & trouble to describe these out loud, & you'd nod, point, or wink for emphasis--as needed!
Hearing stories more than once helped! Painless review! Plus, your kindness & sense of humor softened details. Doc, you look for the good & praiseworthy!
You may not realize it, but if it weren't for you, I wouldn't have a home, retirement fund, a daughter, a son-in-law, granddaughter, or a few faithful friends met through continuing to work for K.P.
I came to interview for a teaching position at Belleview while at the worst job of my life!
Little did I know that the misery would end eventually by getting the best job of my life! The LORD surely gave you wisdom in turning me down!! It is one of my favorite "no's" from Him!
THANK YOU, Dr. Reed!
I love being asked where I was born: Omaha. We lived there long enough for me to have a memory for the fragrance of wild roses. Hardly anyone cares where one was born! Thank you for asking & caring!
You gave me a look at U.S. Army organization, different bases, map reading, rank, a few fellow soldiers, etc. All of it was new to me. Our Dad was "army,"but he would not say anything about the war--except "the English were nice to us."
You preached about JESUS! Thank you. You put the dear stories into a historical setting--so helpful to grasping the context & then, the meaning & application.
There's a lot more I could say, but it's like trying to hold a butterfly to put into words what you mean to me!
You are a bright, cheery light! BLESS you!Colleen