John E. Ree, 76, of Burt passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona after a lengthy battle with metastatic prostate cancer.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the R Place Farm in honor of John’s birthday.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials in John’s memory to the Kossuth County Cancer Support Foundation, 1921 Elm St., Algona, IA 50511.
John Eldon Ree, the son of Jake and Leora (Gerdes) Ree, was born June 13, 1943 on a farm west of Forest City. He attended country school near his home until the sixth grade and graduated from Forest City High School in 1962. He continued his education at a trade school in Omaha, NE and then returned home to take over the family farm. On November 16, 1964 he married Mary Hansmeier in Watertown, SD. They lived on the family farm until moving to Jefferson and later Ralston, Iowa where John was employed at a local elevator. In 1971, they moved to a farm near Algona where John worked at Bituminous. He then worked as an elevator superintendent at Big 6 Coop near Burt. In 1982, he began working at Universal Manufacturing in Algona which he continued for the next 17 years. He retired from Winnebago Industries in Forest City as a final inspector. He enjoyed motorcycles, antiques and tinkering on old machinery. John had many fond memories of the seven years of Autumn Celebrations which brought several thousand people to their orchard which was named, “R Place”.
John is survived by his wife, Mary, of Burt; four children, Kelly (Diane) Ree of Woden, Shelly (Terry) Whitacre of Titonka, Travis Ree of Nevada, IA and Brandon (Jessie) Ree of Algona; 11 grandchildren, Rob Ree, Tana (Jared) Smith, Cassy (Andy) Daleske, Max Ree, Zac (Kenzie) Ree, Tess Ree, Jed Ree, Teri Ree, Rex Ree, Michael Ree and Laura Ree; two great grandchildren, Stefan Ree and Porter Daleske; one great grandchild due in June of 2020; a sister, Charlene Franklin of Arizona; and a niece, Kim.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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