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George William Reese Sr., 98, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016, surrounded by his loving and grateful family in Williamsburg. He was born May 22, 1917, in Corning, Ohio.
George grew up on a farm in Zanesville, Ohio, where he was a longtime member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. He served in World War II as an original member of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division ski troops, earning a bronze star. When thanked for his service, his steady reply was, ‘I was proud to do it.’ He worked for Woolworth and Ben Franklin for many years.
George was a 4th degree knight in the Knights of Columbus – Saint Charles Borromeo No. 16137, and a devoted Cleveland Indians fan. In later years, he was welcomed into the home of his granddaughter, Charlene, and her husband, George, allowing him to enjoy many happy years of festive family gatherings and loving care as well as a special relationship with the St. Michael’s Catholic Church family in Richmond.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Reese and Frances Helen (Verfers) Reese; wife, Elmira Emily Reese; son, George William Reese Jr.; six siblings, Joe, Betty, Anna, John, Rose and Frank; and five half-siblings, whom he also loved.
Left to carry on his legacy of faith, courage and love of family and country are his daughter-in-law, Patricia Peters; six grandchildren, George William Reese III (Debbie), Char (George), Pam (Lee), Brian (Keira), Mike (Megan) and Matt (Kate); his 20 great-grandchildren, Jessica (Brandon), Courtney, Amanda, Mark, Melissa, Nikki, Maria, Tresa, Charlie, Noah, Isaac George, Maya, Andrew, Benjamin George, William George, Elisabeth, Kate, Finn, Thomas George and Emma; two great-great-granddaughters, Ryleigh and Sadie, and two great-grandchildren on the way; and his very dear friend, Opal Roberts.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, 3701 Starr’s Centre Drive, Canfield, Ohio. A funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 7345 Westview Drive in Boardman, Ohio.
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