John Vernon Rees

Posted March 13, 2013 at 11:53 am


July 18, 1916 – March 6, 2013

John Vernon Rees, age 96, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home.

  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 o’clock Saturday morning, March 16, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church, Onslow.  A lunch will follow the service, and a graveside burial at Oakwood Cemetery will be held afterwards.  Pastor Dale Schwechel will officiate at the services.  Friends may call beginning at 10:00 o’clock on Saturday morning at the church.  John Vernon Rees was born July 18, 1916 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  He was the son of Milo and Carrie (Powell) Rees.  John graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1934.  He went on to attend William Penn University in Oskaloosa for two years, where he met his wife.  John married Mary Elizabeth Earl on April 11, 1941 in Stickney, South Dakota.  He was employed at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids as a machinist, retiring on August 1, 1977.    

  John enjoyed campfires with his family, being in the timber and going for walks, playing his harmonica, and sharing his strong belief in God through teaching the bible.  Before his health declined, he attended Calvary Baptist Church in Onslow, Iowa.

Surviving are his four children, Jim (Mary) Rees of Campobello, South Carolina, Bill Rees of Scotch Grove, Mary Jane (Paul) Scott of Anamosa, and John (Lee) Rees of Smethport, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Dan (Gwen) Kuper of Scotch Grove, Jody Bieber of Monticello, Steven (Erin) Rees of Orange City, Iowa, Becky Rees of Scotch Grove, Elisabeth (James) McGowin of Coloniel Beach, Virginia, and Nathaniel, Amy, and Jonathan Rees of Campobello, South Carolina; two step-grandchildren, Jason Scott of Des Moines, and Jasper Scott of Anamosa; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Trey, and Jayden Kuper, Landon Rees, and Hudson McGowin.  He was preceded in death by his wife Mary; an infant child; his parents; and 2 sisters Mary Frances Rees of West Branch, Iowa, and Olive M. Rees of Huntington Beach, California.

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