Diploma, Sullivan (Missouri) High School, 1944.
Elementary school teacher, Salem School, St. Clair, Missouri, 1944-1948; elementary school teacher, Stanton (Missouri) School, 1949-1971; private practice bookkeeper, tax preparer, St. Clair, since 1946; real estate broker, Reed's Realty, St. Clair, 1964-1984; licensed office manager, Missouri Department Revenue, St. Clair, 1966-1988; motel owner, manager, St. Clair Motel, 1969-1971; commissioner, Franklin County, Union, Missouri, since 1993.
Member Cable television Commission, 1993-1995, Emergency Numbering Systems, 1993-1997, Franklin County Extension Council, since 1993. Chairman Franklin County Board Equalization, since 1993. Member American Legion Auxiliary (president since 1988), Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, Franklin County Democratic Club (treasurer since 1992, Backbone of Year award 1994).
Married Leslie J. Reed, April 20, 1946. Children: Cara Beth Reed McMillan, Gale Jesse, Lance Jay, Debra Ronae Reed Stelzer, Ronda Rae Reed Perkins, Lisa Dawn Reed Sohn.