John Warren Reese, 100, of Lebanon, died Monday evening, Sept. 20, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Lebanon.
He was born April 19, 1921, in Marshall, Mo. to John Morgan and Ethel Dean Reese.
On May 6, 1944, he married Bonnie Lee Roper, and to this union four daughters were born.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bonnie, on Oct. 28, 2018; a brother, Tom Reese; and two sisters, Betty Rains and Helen Brock.
John was born in Marshall, Mo., and was raised in Lebanon, where he graduated from Lebanon High School in the Class of 1939. He then served in the United States Army Air Corps for a few years during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he entered St. Louis College of Pharmacy on a G.I. Bill. After he and Bonnie were married, they made their home in Lebanon and lovingly raised their daughters. He and Bonnie established Reese Pharmacy in downtown Lebanon in 1957, and John was the store pharmacist until they sold the store in 1986. He then worked at the Fort Leonard Wood Pharmacy for several years, before going to work for Mercy Pharmacy where he stayed until officially retiring at the age of 92.
John had made his profession of faith in Christ and was a longtime active member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He had served on various committees and was also a deacon.
He was a longtime member of the Lebanon Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Plus recipient. He had served on the Lebanon R-III School Board, and was a Lebanon Wall of Honor recipient. He was passionate about his work and dedicated himself to it for 63 years.
Survivors include four daughters, Susan Reese Sellers of Lebanon; twins, Elizabeth Reese of Irving, Texas; Katherine Terry and her husband Sam of Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Cindy Walters and her husband Mike of Lebanon; two grandsons, Scott Walters and his wife Stefanie of Baltimore, Md., and Chris Walters and his wife Nicole of Lebanon; five great-grandchildren, Anslee, Hattie, Kendall, Aiden, and Benjamin; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and many friends.
Services for John Warren Reese will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at the First Christian Church in Lebanon with the Rev. Greg Turner officiating.
Burial will be in Roper Cemetery near Morgan, under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.
A memorial to the First Christian Church has been established and contributions may be made through the funeral home. For more information or to view or sign the online memorial visit www.holmanhowe.com.