Marvin Reed was born, February 22, 1933 on his family’s farm in Jackson Township near Owasa, Iowa. He was the son of Ernest I. and Ruth P. Fletcher Reed. He was class president and valedictorian of the Owasa High School Class of 1950, and a fine high school athlete participating in baseball and basketball. On July 17, 1952, Marvin and Ramona R. Ware were married at Eldora. They lived on the Reed family farm until moving to their new home in Iowa Falls in 1981. At the couple’s open house, the guest list clearly showed a cross-section of the couple’s old and new friends. Marvin never forgot his roots. Marvin Reed was a farmer and cattle feeder. He was a member of the Owasa Methodist Church, the Ellsworth College Board of Trustees, and the Ellsworth College Athletics “E” Club. He was a most generous person supporting his church and Ellsworth Community College. His participation as a member of the Trustees was most intense and thorough as a member of the Farm Committee. He died at his home on September 23, 1985.
Marvin and Ramona’s children include Bradley, Michael and Paul. Following his passing, the Ellsworth College Trustees established this endowed scholarship in his memory.