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Jim Reed, 76, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at his residence surrounded by family.

Jim was born October 26, 1940 in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Waneta Caldwell Reed. He married Rose Heckethorn on July 22, 1958 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Jim graduated from Ottumwa High School in Iowa. He worked as a self-taught Mechanical Engineer from 1959 until 2011. He served as a foster parent for 35 years, and had more than 70 children in his care. He served as President of the Parent/Foster Association in St. Louis, and started a clothing distribution center to benefit the children in foster care. He was also a member of the Lions Club in St. Louis. Jim enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels and was an avid reader of science fiction.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Amy Reed; and sister, Viola Bowers.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Reed of Springfield; five children, Sussie (Randy) Kriz of Green Cove Springs, FL, Mila (Rich) Barnes of Sioux Falls, SD, Corey (Melissa) Reed of Chatham, Jodi (Tom) Oller of Greenview, and James (Holly) Reed of Springfield; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and his dog, Missy and cat, Max.

Cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.

The family will host a Celebration of Life from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 at South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield, IL 62702-1766 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

The family of Jim Reed is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th Street, Springfield.

Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
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