Richard Corwin “Dick” Reed, 85

Richard Corwin “Dick” Reed, 85, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Richard was born on January 16, 1936 in Greensburg, Indiana, son of Francis W. “Nick” Reed and Harriett Frances Taylor Reed. 

Richard graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1949, then Greensburg High School in 1954 before going to Purdue University where he met his wife, Louise. He graduated from Purdue in 1958 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. After college, Richard worked at Kova Fertilizer alongside his father, Nick, who started Kova in 1935, and his brother, John. Over the next 63 years, he grew the company to include his three sons, and later nine of his grandchildren. When he wasn’t checking in at the office, Richard could be found on the golf course, watching Purdue football and basketball, playing Euchre with his friends, picking sweet corn with his grandchildren, or spending time outdoors mowing his lawn and gardening.  

He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Greensburg United Methodist Church, the Lion’s Club, Greensburg Country Club and was a 32nd° Mason. He also previously served on the Decatur County 4-H board, DuPont Ag Chem advisory board, the Farm Chem/PACE advisory board, the Greensburg United Methodist Church investment committee, as well as President and Co-founder of the Indiana Plant Food Association, and President of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #475. 

Richard married Louise Frazier on May 31,1958, and she survives, with three sons Brad (Julie) Reed, Brian (Cindy) Reed, and Todd (Carol) Reed, all of Greensburg; as well as, his 11 grandchildren: Stuart (Stacey) Reed, Kevin (Nikki) Reed, Mack Reed, Mitch (Samantha) Reed, Cody Reed, Shelbi (Sam) Domjen, Duran Reed, Lauren Reed, Jamie Reed, Taylor Reed and Haleigh Reed. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, brother Keith Reed, five nieces and two nephews. 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers John and Kenneth Reed and sister, Ellen Butler. 

A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Greensburg United Methodist Church from 10am to 12pm. Funeral Services will be held at 12pm with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.  Online condolences can be made to the family at

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