Richard J. Rees

POLAND — Richard J. Rees, 90, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Sept. 7, 2017, at Hampton Woods Assisted Living following a long and fulfilling life.

Richard was born Aug. 1, 1927, to parents John and Francis Rees, who died shortly after his birth. He was adopted and raised in Girard by his late uncle James and aunt Rose Rees.

He attended Girard High, but enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 17, 1945, at the age of 17, served in World War II, participated in the occupation of China, and was honorably discharged July 16, 1949. Upon discharge, Richard re-enlisted and served two more years in the Marine Corps Reserves and was honorably discharged July 15, 1952. He later graduated from Vallejo High School near San Francisco.

After serving his country, Richard was employed by the Ohio Leather Works and later as a carpenter, prior to employment at Packard Electric, where he worked for 28 years as a supervisor before retiring in 1987.

Richard traveled extensively, having the opportunity to visit 93 countries. He was a loyal member of the China Marine Association as well as the Canfield Christian Church.

After returning from military service, Richard met the love of his life, Nancy Comer. They were happily married for over 32 years and had two children, Richard and Keith. Nancy passed away from cancer in 1986. Richard was married again to Catherine Wilhelm. They were married for 22 years prior to Catherine’s passing in 2014.

More than anything else, he was a great family man and a loving father.

Richard is survived by two sons, Keith (Tamara) Rees of Lowellville and Richard II of McDonald (fiancee, Kimberly of Lakemoor, Ill.); three grandchildren, Richard, William and Nicholas; and one great-granddaughter, Lorelei. He is also survived by four stepchildren, Deborah Ghanadian of California, Linda (Rob) Banaie of Columbus, David (Rhonda) Wilhelm of Boardman and Diane (Richard) Calvaruso of Louisville, Ky.; and 10 step-grandchildren.

Arrangements for Richard are entrusted with the Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society, Bowser Funeral Services of Niles.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the Canfield Christian Church in Canfield, where a funeral service will follow. Committal prayers will be held at Green Haven Cemetery in Canfield.

Monetary donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Hospice of the Valley.

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