Dr. Kenneth W. Reber
Sept. 5, 1918-Dec. 18, 2012
ZIONSVILLE — Dr. Kenneth W. Reber, former State Director of Indiana Rehabilitation Services and former Superintendent of Schools in Plymouth, passed away Dec. 18, 2012 at St. Vincent Hospice. Dr. Reber was born Sept. 5, 1918 in Berrien Co., St. Joseph, Mich., the son of L. Benjamin and Tina Reber.
Dr. Reber was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Tenth Armored Division in Europe. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1979 by former Indiana Governor Otis R. Bowen. Dr. Reber held a Bachelor of Education Degree from Western Michigan University, a Master’s Degree in Administration of the Secondary School, also from Western, and a Doctor’s Degree in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. His career included four years as a teacher at Mishawaka High School, two years as a teacher and two years as an administrator with the Kalamazoo Public Schools, eight years as Director of Special Projects for the South Bend Community School Corporation, nine years as Superintendent of the Plymouth Community School Corporation, and six years as State Director of Indiana Rehabilitation Services, retiring in 1983.
Dr. Reber was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Rosalie (Holmes) Reber, his sister Mineva McPherson, and brothers Calvin and Lewis. Survivors include daughter Julie B. Stewart (Greg) of Indianapolis, daughter Jeanne Spletzer of Port Orange, Fla., and sister Loretta Karnik (Arnault) of St. Joseph, Mich., 10 nephews and nieces, and sisters-in-law Ruby Reber of Mongomery, Ala. and Shirley Waroe of Midland, Mich.
Dr. Reber’s family would like to thank everyone at Hospice and Dr. Edward Mintz for the excellent care he received.
Services will be Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville, with calling from noon until time of service. Burial is private. Contributions may be made to the Riley Children’s Foundation: 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509 or to the charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com