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James David Reece Sr.
James David Reece Sr.FlagJames David Reece, Sr., age 80 of Richwood, died unexpectedly Saturday, January 23, 2010 at his home.  He was born July 17, 1929 in Bucyrus to the late Mervin and Leona (Wilson) Reece.

On November 14, 1964 he married the former Marlene Payne and she survives in Richwood.

He was the owner and operator of Jim Reece Excavating for 36 years.  Jim really loved working with people and being a part of the Richwood community.  A veteran of the U. S. Army, he was a member of American Legion Baccarat Post 40.  He had been on the Richwood Volunteer Fire Department since 1952, was a retired Union County Sheriff’s deputy and a retired Richwood Police officer.  He enjoyed spending winters in Florida.  The pride of his life was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marlene; sons, James (Deb) Reece Jr., Raymond; John Reece, Toledo; Bill (Kelly) Johnson, Bellefontaine; a daughter, Bobbie (Darrel) Wright, Marion; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma Edmonds, Columbus; sisters-in-law, Mabel Reece, Richwood and Gertrude Depew, Georgia and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by brothers, Warren “Friday” Reece and Glen Reece, sisters, Violet Howe and Carol Reese and a grandson.  He had a very loving and devoted pet, Sassy who misses him terribly.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans and tribute given by the Northern Union County Fire and EMS Association.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Tuesday.

Memorial gifts may be made to Northern Union County Fire and EMS Association (www.nucfd.com), P.O. Box 15, Richwood, OH 43344 or Richwood First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton Street, Richwood, OH  43344.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballingerfuneralhome.com

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#1 from: Karen Elaine Temple Landon
Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM

 My Sympathy goes out to the Reese Family,
Wishing you comfort at this time of loss, and hoping you will find peace and healing in the many warm and special thoughts that are with you now.   Karen Landon

#2 from: Fritz & Arlene Blue
154 S.Franklin Street   Richwood,Oh
Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Dear Marlene & family:

We are so sorry for your loss. If their is anything I can help you with please let me know. I won't be at the calling hours as I have three ruptured discs and a pinched nerve and have tremendous pain if I stand longer than 10 mins. Not much fun. Otherwise  I would so consider yourself hugged and I'll talk later.


#3 from: Angela Phipps
Mt Victory, Oh
Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 8:40 PM

sorry for your loss..may god comfort you all especially you Marlene know what it's like loosing a spouse

#4 from: Brook Lowe "Bumgarner"
Richwood ohio
Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Im thinking of you and your family. Sorry for your loss.


#5 from: Bill &Beth Wood
Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Our thoughts are with  you and your family.He will be missed.   Bill & Beth Wood

#6 from: Rick & Julie Ross
Richwood, OH
Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Marlene, Bill, & Bobbie,
We are so very sorry for your loss and we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.  Jim was a great man and he will be sadly missed.  We sympathize with you...we do know what you are going through.  A thought occurred to me that made me smile...Jim & Dad are together again!
Rick & Julie

#7 from: Marla J Moss
Marshall, Michigan
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Marlene, Bobbi, Grandkids:
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

#8 from: Mac & Rosie McGinnis
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 7:31 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. A loss like this is always hard. But a sudden unexpected loss seems to have a larger impact. What sometimes is easier for the one who has past, is harder for those who are left to grieve. Our thoughts are with you.
Mac & Rosie

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