Reed never met a stranger. Whether he met in line at the grocery store or had known him for years, if you would listen to him, he would talk.
He had a big heart and loved making friends and entertaining those around him. It made him happy to make others happy. Reed loved telling stories which usually somehow related to airplanes. Reed loved planes. It was his fascination with them along with a sense of duty that led him to join the army November 4, 1942 during the Second World War, where he served as an aircraft mechanic in the 434th troop carrier. He was proud of the work that he did and it was his service and his love of planes led him to the other love of his life, Joan King. After several posts, he was stationed in Aldermaston, England where they met. “She was walking with her two friends. We just walked up and started a conversation and after the second date I thought well I’ve got to bring that one home. She was one of the prettiest gals in England, and I’m not just saying that, everyone would say how remarkable she looked. She was the love of my life.” After the war ended, Reed brought his new wife home and started preparing for a new family. It was again his love of the air that furthered his career. Reed worked for Continental Airlines until retirement, dedicating time and effort to the company but it was not the company that drove his strong work ethic, it was instead his three children and the wife he so dearly loved that motivated him to be the man he was. After a lifetime of fixing planes and raising a family, Reed retired and he and Joan moved from Houston to Madisonville. He spent eight years nursing his beloved Joan through her final illness and said goodbye to her in 2001. In 2008, he moved to Deer Park to be closer to his family. There he spent time with his children and grandchildren and got to know his great grandchildren. He had always loved to build model airplanes but he found new joy in them flying them and playing with them with his great grandchildren all the while talking and telling stories of his life. Reed was a member of the United Methodist Church and a proud Mason. Reed Keith Harden was born on March 14, 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio to Sydney Burner and Corrinne Harden. He was the oldest of three with brother, Sydney and one sister, Patricia. He married Joan Muriel King on June 4, 1947 in Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire, England. They had three children Keith,Terry and Jan and three grandchildren Michael, Amanda and Adrian, daughters in law Shea and Becky, son in law Dave, brother Sydney Harden, six great grandchildren Cheyenne, David, Eric, Zander, Kylie and Alana. Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, August 5, 2017 in the Chapel of Deer Park Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jim Liberator officiating. Reed will be missed. He lived a full life and he was full of life. But his legacy will live on in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as anyone who was lucky enough to have known him and called him friend. Deer Park Funeral Directors, 336 E. San Augustine, 281-476-4693.