John Rees, 87, of Wayne, formerly of Carroll, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Wayne. The Rev. Teresa Bartlett will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Carroll. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne with family present.
Memorials may be directed to the Rees family for later designation.
John Howell Rees was born Oct. 22, 1930 on a farm west of Carroll to David and Salome (Edwards) Rees. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Congregational Church near Carroll. He graduated from Carroll High School in 1948, and attended Wayne State College. He married Dorothy Mae Hurlbert on March 23, 1951 at the United Methodist Church in Carroll. They farmed west of Carroll until moving to Wayne in 1997. John was in service and sales at Zach Propane for 30 years. John and Dorothy were members of Zion Congregational Church, and Bethany Presbyterian Church near Carroll before each congregation closed. They were currently members of the First Presbyterian Church in Wayne. John was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star in Wayne, serving as Past Master Mason. He enjoyed traveling with Dorothy.
Survivors include his children, Penny (Rob) Williams - Wirtala of Las Vegas, Nev., Tim (Cheryl) Rees of Elkhorn, and Holly (Verlyn) Stoltenberg of Carroll; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Gayle Hurlbert - Morin of Lincoln; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy in 2012; brother, Everett (Verna) Rees; and sisters, Myfanwy “Bonnie” (C.L.) Wilcox and Marguerite (Mitch) Moret; and brother-in-law, Jim Hurlbert.
Pallbearers will be John and Dorothy’s grandchildren, Luke (Sara) Stoltenberg, Cory (Darian) Stoltenberg, Katie (Zach) Wacker, Sarah (Brett) Gebhardt, D. J. (Miranda) Rees and Robby (Kalah) Williams.