Donald A. Reese, 81, passed away at 10:33 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, in his residence.
Donald was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Lima, Ohio, to J. Arthur and Elizabeth D. (Parrott) Reese who preceded him in death. On Aug. 22, 1953, he married Carolyn M. Lotz who preceded him in death on March 17, 2006.
Don was a 1950 graduate of Central High School, and a 1954 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He served in the U.S. Army Finance Corps in Japan from 1954-1956.
He was past president of Lafayette-Jackson and Harrod Units of the Allen East PTA, served 12 years on the Allen East School Board and held the office of president several times, was past president of Lima Area Jaycees, former national director of the U.S. Jaycees. He was a member of BPOE Lodge 54, Allen County Republican Central and Executive committees for nearly 40 years, former member of the Lima Noon Optimists, St. Mark's Methodist Church, former Allen County trustees and clerks association, former trustee of county commissioners association of Ohio, Allen County Commissioner for 12 years from 1985 -1996, past president of Lima Personnel Association, former Lima Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member, former member of the Lima Management Club, 40 year board member of Ohio Automatic Merchandising Association, and three-time president, National Federation of Independent Businesses, former member of the Governor's Solid Waste Advisory Committee, former board member of the West Central Ohio Solid Waste District, and past president of the Lima Civic Center Foundation Board.
He was an avid traveler visiting 49 states and four continents. Don had been an employee, partner, and president of Vend-Ar Service, Inc. starting in 1956.
Survivors include three sons, Wynn (Jane) Reese of Harrod, Ohio, Kevin (Ann) Reese and Dennis A. (Denise) Reese of Lima, Ohio; a daughter, JoAnna (Don) Lowther of Castalia; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Lowther, Dennis Lowther, Scott (Clarissa) Reese, Bob (Melanie) Reese, Alicia Reese, Jason (Sarah) Reese, Alyson Reese, Chris Reese, Heather Reese, and Brittany Reese; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Basilda (Jon) Rockhold of Lima, and Tolanda (Dan) Kronfield of Perrysburg, Ohio.
Friends may call 3-8 p.m Monday, March 17, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at Shawnee Chapel of Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services. Services will be held at noon Tuesday, March 18, at Shawnee Chapel, with Rev. Mary Ann Tomlinson officiating. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the U.S. Army and V.F.W. Post 1275.
Contributions may be made to Lima Civic Center Foundation.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.