Richard B. Reese


OTTAWA - Richard “Rich” B. Reese, 53, of Ottawa, passed away Jan. 27, 2022 at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 at Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home, Ottawa. Interment will follow at West Serena Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3 at the funeral home.

Rich was born Aug. 10, 1968 in Ottawa to Rodney and Nancy (Miner) Reese. He married Michelle on Aug. 26, 1989 in Ottawa.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle; his mother, Nancy (Darrell) Cochran; two children, Riley (Mackenzie Ciesielski) Reese and Briana Reese; two brothers, Irwin (Michele) Ayers and Robert Reese; one granddaughter, Hazel Reese; and his step mother, Judy Reese. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Rodney Reese; one uncle, Don Reese; one aunt, Maggie Maltas; his grandparents; and his father-in-law, David Morecraft.

Rich worked as an operator at Grain Co. FS. He loved the outdoors and especially loved camping and fishing. He loved snowmobiling in the winter, although he had to give it up at the age of 43. He was a handyman and enjoyed working on and restoring his trucks. In the last year, his pride and joy was his granddaughter, Hazel. Rich would be very thankful for the constant support, as he was always there for others as they were for him. If anyone knew him, they would know he was a simple man and how much he hated having attention drawn to him. He loved his family dearly and will be deeply missed by many.

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