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Amos Miller REECE
Harvey Emerson REECE
Irene Marie (EMMONS) REECE
Mrs. (Ruth Ann Eaton) Lacy REECE
Viola L. (Stein) REECE
Wayne Travette REECE
William Homer REECE
Wilbur McKinley Reece
William J. REECE
Mrs. (Margaret Ann Cox) W.J. REECE

Amos Miller Reece

Former Enterprise resident, Amos M. "Slim" Reece, 82, died April 11, 1989 at his home in Yakima, Washington. He was born Feb. 21, 1907 at Grant Co., Oklahoma, son of William and Margaret Reece. In 1912 he moved with his family to Fall City, Oregon, later moving to Enterprise, where he obtained his education. Reece farmed with his family. On June 2, 1931, he married Viola Phillips at Cove. In 1934 he went to barber college in Spokane, Wash., later operating "Slim's Barber Shop" in various cities near Yakima. He enjoyed sports, including fishing, golfing, playing the guitar and singing. He was a member of the First Church of Nazarene.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Reece, Yakima; two sons, Gene Reece, Fresno, Ca., and Gary Reece, Pasadena, Ca.; a sister, Mary Phillips, Kirkland, Wash., 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held April 15, in the Shaw & Sons Memorial Chapel. Burial followed at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, Wash.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated May 4, 1989.

Floyd Reece Dies At La Grande

Floyd Keith Reece of La Grande, who lived in Wallowa County for many years, passed away suddenly in La Grande hospital on Friday, July 7, 1972. Memorial services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Robert L. Hocker officiating. Wanda Sorweide was organist and Clifford Collinsworth was soloist, singing "In The Garden" and "Precious Lord Take My Hand". Casket bearers were; Wilson Wilde, H.M. McFetridge, W.M. Moffitt, Leland Hambelton, Henry Counsell, and Maurice Weaver and interment was in the Enterprise cemetery.

Floyd was born on March 2, 1903 in Grant Co., Oklahoma, the son of William & Margaret Reece, and had lived in Wallowa County from 1917 until 1956. He had lived in La Grande for the past seven years. On March 29, 1923 he was married at Joseph to Macel Emmons who survives him. Other survivors are two sons; Donald K. of Tucson, Ariz., and Melvin E. of Seattle; three sisters, Mrs. Earl (Lois) Bonner of Weiser, Idaho; Della Frosalas of Hermiston, and Mrs. Bill (Mary) Phillips of Wapato, Wash.; four brothers, Lacy D. of Milton Freewater, Emerson and Wayne of Enterprise and Amos of Mabton, Wash.; three granddaughters, one grandson, and one great grandson.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated July 13, 1972.

Harvey Emerson Reece

Harvey Emerson Reece passed away at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., April 15, 1987. He was born March 13, 1904 in Grant Co., Oklahoma, the son of William Jasper Reece and Margaret Anne Cox. He married Viola L. in 1956 at Lewiston, Idaho. She preceded him in death Sept. 12, 1979.

He was a carpenter by profession. Emerson moved from Oklahoma to Oregon with his family at the age of 10. They traveled by train to Falls City, then moved to Enterprise in 1916. He helped farm on Alder Slope and attended the Alder Slope school. He spent most of his life in this area.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Phillips, Kirkland, Wash.; a brother, Amos Reece, Union Gap, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Bollman Funeral Home, Saturday, April 18, 1987 with Lester Wells officiating. Private interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the EMT Association and the Wallowa county Nursing Home.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated April 23, 1987.

Irene Marie (Emmons) Reece

Enterprise resident Irene Marie Reece, 72, died at Wallowa Memorial Hospital Sunday. Mrs. Reece was born Oct. 11, 1914, at Enterprise to Charles D. and Lena Malzer Emmons. On Dec. 4, 1943, she married Wayne T. Reece at Enterprise. Mrs. Reece worked for the abstract and tilt office in Enterprise for many years. Mrs. Reece is survived by her sister, Mrs. Ben (Fern) Strickler of Enterprise; nephew, Thomas Strickler of Milton Freewater; and niece, Saley Roegner of Auburn, Wash. Her husband died on July 3, 1985.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Enterprise cemetery, with Father Raymond Hopp of St. Katherine's Catholic Church officiating. Vault interment will follow. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the charity of their choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated Oct 23, 1986.

Services Held for Lacy D. Reece

Lacy D. Reece of Milton Freewater and a former resident of Enterprise passed away Wednesday, January 22, at the Veterans Administration Hospital at the age of 80. Reece lived at Rt. 3, Milton Freewater.

Mr. Reece moved from Clearwater, Kansas, where he was born Sept. 5, 1894, to Oklahoma, and in 1913 he moved to Falls City, Ore. He married Ruth Eaton in Enid, Okla., and the couple then moved to Enterprise. Reece served with the U.S. Army during World War I. He returned to Enterprise after the war and worked as a meat cutter. His wife passed away in 1943.

On June 30, 1945, Mr. Reece was married to Nancy Waterman at Baker. They moved to Hermiston in 1946 where he worked until his retirement in 1961. After his retirement the couple moved to Milton Freewater. He began working for DeMoss Grocery in Walla Walla until his second retirement. He was a member of the Grant Farmer Post No. 992 of Walla Walla and attended the Assembly of God Church in Milton Freewater.

Mr. Reece is survived by his widow, Nancy, at the family home; his sons, Dean Reece of Enterprise, Wilbur Reece of Hermiston, Bill Reece of Miami, Fla., Wade Reece of Edmonds, Wash., and Larry Reece of Walla Walla; daughters, Mrs. Wolvert (Margaret) Fisher, Enterprise, Mrs. Harold (Milly) Garland of Walla Walla, Helen Ingram of Athena, Mary Jo Kruse of Oxnard, Calif.; stepson, Joe Waterman of Vancouver, Wash.; stepdaughters, Mrs. Gene (Shirley) Daggett of Springfield, Ore., and Mrs. Dean (Evelyn) Reece of Enterprise; brothers, Emerson and Wayne Reece of Enterprise and Amos Reece of Port Orchard; sisters, Mrs. Earl (Lois) Bonner of Weiser, Idaho, Della Frasolla of Hermiston, Mrs. Bill (Mary) Phillips of Wapato, Wash.; 25 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, several great grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m Saturday, January 25, at the Enterprise Assembly of God Church with Rev. Willis Geyer officiating. Interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated January 30, 1975

Mrs. Lacy D. Reece Laid To Rest
Succumbs at Local Hospital After Long Illness

Mrs. Lacy D. Reece passed away last Thursday, May 20, 1943, shortly after two o'clock p.m. at the Enterprise hospital. She had been ill for about a year, and recently was brought home from Portland where she had been in the hospital for several weeks. She rested quietly in her own home until just before the end came, when she was moved to the local hospital.

Ruth Ann Eaton, daughter of E.K. and Milly Ralls Eaton, was born in Jan. 9, 1895, at Osgood, Missouri. The family later moved to Oklahoma, where Ruth met her future husband, who with his parents was living there. The Reece family moved to Oregon but Lacy continued to correspond with Miss Eaton, until in 1917 he returned to Oklahoma, and on August 26 claimed his bride. Following their marriage and a 30 day honeymoon spent visiting relatives along the way, they came to Oregon and started their married life on Alder Slope.

The following year, Lacy, leaving his young wife with his parents in Enterprise, entered World War I, and was sent to France. While he was overseas, their first children, Dean, was born. (Dean himself is now serving his country overseas.) After Mr. Reece's return from the war, the Reece family moved to Idaho, and later to Kelso, Wash., returning in 1925 to Enterprise, where they have lived ever since, making many warm friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Reece were the parents of nine children, all of whom, together with her husband, survive. They are Dean, Wilbur and Bill, (all in the army air corps, the first two oversears and Billy in Florida), Margaret, Milly, Helen, Mary Jo, Larry and Wade at home. Mrs. Reece is also survived by her father, E.K. Eaton of Santa Barbara, Calif., six sisters, Miss Elgeva, Miss Mary and Miss Doris Eaton, and Mrs. Maye Ward of Santa Barbara, Mrs. Rose Cross and Mrs. Irva Burroughs of San Francisco and by one brother, Franklyn Eaton, in the U.S. army stationed in Louisiana. Mr. Eaton and Mrs. Burroughs came to Enterprise on hearing of the death of their daughter and sister. Billy Reece was contacted through the Red Cross, and was reported on his way home.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Christian church, with Rev. Stanley Thompson officiating, and a quartet compossed of Mrs. Gwen T. Coffin, Mrs. B.F. McClain, J.W. Henderson and W.S. Strickler singing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Mrs. G.C. Amey was at the piano. The chancel was banked with beautiful flowers and the church filled with sorrowing friends. Pall bearers, selected from Chief Joseph post of the American Legion, to which Mr. Reece belongs, were: K.R. Heasty, Jack Hogan, Alfred W. Loy, Cal A. Long, G.E. Skaggs and Jay Templeton. Burial was in the local cemetery.

Bill Reece arrived Tuesday from Bartow Air Base in Florida. He came by train to La Grande, and from there on in with Judge Ben Weathers. Billy is with the 57th fighter squadron, a part of the permanent personnel. He left Florida for Enterprise on learning that his mother was very low, but due to the distance could not reach here until after the funeral. He has a 15 day furlough but may get an extension.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated May 27, 1943, Front page.

Rilla (Bonner) Reece

Rilla (Bonner) Reece, died April 30, 1965 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. Daughter of Samuel H. & Eva Bonner, was born April 12, 1898 at Snohomish, Wash. On April 18, 1918, she married Wilbur M. Reece at Weiser, Idaho, he survives her. She was a member of the Enterprise Christian Church. She has been a resident of Wallowa County for 60 years.

Survivors include, a daughter, Mrs. Bee (Alta) Daggett; a son, Howard (Dick) Reece of Milton-Freewater. Relatives from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bonner, Weiser, Idaho.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated May 6, 1965, Front Page.

Bullet Takes Life of Enterprise Lady

Viola L. Reece, 70, died of a self-inflicted bullet wound in her home at 307 W. North Street in Enterprise, at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12. According to Enterprise police officer Mel Pendarivs, who investigated the shooting, a bullet from a .308 Winchester rifle entered the suicide victim's left lower chest. Pendarvis said that the Enterprise ambulance manned by EMT crew Ron Morgan and Linda Holiday responded to a report that a woman had passed out at the above address, and when he arrived at the scene at 10:26 a.m. to assist, Morgan informed him that Mrs. Reece was apparently dead. Sheriff Jody Williamson and Oregon State Police officer cooperated in the investigation. According to family members, Mrs. Reece had been very despondent for some time before her death.

Viola L. (Stein) Reece

Viola, 70, died in her home in Enterprise on Wed., Sept 12, 1979. She was born on Jan. 23, 1909, at Anatone, Washington, the daughter of William and Bertha Stein. On March 18, 1928, she was married to Clay M. Webb in Enterprise . He preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1951. On Nov. 15, 1956, she married Emerson Reece in Enterprise. Mrs. Reece lived in Wallowa County most of her life. she worked as a nurse aid at Wallowa Memorial hospital for 21 years, and received a special service award at the time of her retirement.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 15, in the Bollman Chapel, with J. Maynard Norvell officiating. Vault interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. Soloist Cliff Collinsworth sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Old Rugged Cross". Jeannette Powers was organist. Casket bearers were Al Misander, Gus Conrad, Mick Courtney, Son Stein, Donald H. Davis and Pat Wortman. Survivors include her husband, Emerson, of Enterprise; a brother, Walter Stein, and a sister, Mrs. Fred (Agnes) Wagner, both of Enterprise; two step-sons, Robert H. Webb of Cascade, Idaho, and Jack I. Webb of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and other relatives. Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the Wallowa County EMT Assoc., in care of Wallowa Memorial Hospital or Bollman Funeral Home.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated Sept. 20., 1979, Front Page.

Wayne Travette Reece

Wayne Reece passed away at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise on July 3, 1985. He was born Jan. 29, 1913 at Fall City, Oregon, son of William Jasper and Margaret (Cox) Reece. On Dec. 4, 1943 he married Irene Emmons at Enterprise. He was a rancher by trade and was a member of the Enterprise Elk's Lodge #1829. Mr. Reece moved to Wallowa Co. in 1916 and had lived here since.

Survivors include his wife - Irene of Enterprise, brother Emerson of Enterprise and Amos of Union Gap, Wash., and a sister, Mary Phillips of Yakima, Wash. Graveside services were held at the Enterprise cemetery at 1 p.m. Sat. July 6, with the Elk's Lodge conducting the service. Vault interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Fund in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated July 11, 1985.

William Homer Reece

W.H. Reece, who was taken to Portland Sunday afternoon, died Tuesday night, May 26, 1936, at the Good Samaritan hospital. He was suffering from blood poison when taken to Portland and pneumonia followed, causing death. The body will be brought to Enterprise for burial. C.L. Booth left yesterday afternoon for Portland with his ambulance, accompanied by J.L. Rosewall. Mr. Reece, who lived on H.A. Mutch's ranch on Prairie creek was seeding treated wheat when infection developed, at a scratch on one hand. This became serious shortly and Mr. Booth took Mr. and Mrs. Reece to the city, with Mrs. Bess Berry as nurse.

W. Homer Reece was born in Grant county, Oklahoma, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Reece. The family moved to Oregon settling at Polk county and later came to Wallowa county in 1915. In February 1935 he married Delpha Makin. Surviving Mr. Reece are the widow and eight brothers and sisters. They are Mrs. E.H. Bonner of Weiser, Idaho; Mrs. Mary Phillips of Yakima, Wash.; Mrs. Floyd Laird of Hermiston, Amos Reece of Grand Rapids, Mich, and Lacy, Wilbur, Floyd and Emerson, of Enterprise.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated June 4, 1936.

William J. Reece

William J. Reece died Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.H. Bonner, at Weiser, Idaho. He had been there only a few days, as his son, Floyd, had taken him there last week from Yakima, Wash., where he had been for some time with another daughter, Mrs. Willard Phillips.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian church, Enterprise, tomorrow, Friday, at 2 p.m. and burial will be in the Enterprise cemetery. C.L. Booth has driven to Weiser for the body accompanied by Emerson and Floyd Reece.

Mr. Reece was born in Logan county, Illinois, Dec. 20, 1869 and was married Dec. 20, 1891, to Margaret Ann Cox. They moved to Oklahoma where they farmed a few years and then came to Oregon more than 2 years ago. Mrs. Reece died June 21, 1934, and the surviving children are: Mrs. E.H. Bonner of Weiser, Idaho; Mrs. Willard Philips of Yakima, Wash.; Mrs. F.E. Laird of Hermiston; A.M. Reece of Grandview, Wash.; and Lacy, Wilbur, Floyd, Emerson, Homer and Wayne Reece, all of Enterprise. A brother, Lon Reece, lives in Kansas.

During his residence in the county Mr. Reece made many friends. He was generous and loyal and a man of fine character.

Wallowa County Chieftain February 11, 1936

Mrs. W.J. Reece

Mrs. W.J. Reece passed away in Enterprise, Thursday, June 21, 1934, after an illness of more than a year. She had been helpless for some time but had suffered little physical pain and the end came very peacefully. Funeral services were held in the Christian church Sunday and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Rev. B.F. Miller conducted the services.

Margaret Ann Cox was born in Madison county, Kentucky, December 5, 1870, and grew to womanhood there. She moved to Illinois where she united in marriage to W.J. Reece December 20, 1891. To this union were born 12 children, two of them dying in infancy. Following are those remaining: Mrs. E.H. Bonner of Weiser, Idaho;; Mrs. Willard Phillips of Mesa, Idaho; Mrs. F.E. Laird of Hermiston, Ore.; A.M. Reece of Spokane, Wash.; Lacy, Wilbur, Floyd, Emerson, Homer and Wayne, all of Enterprise. Mr. Reece also survives. The relatives of the deceased who were at the funeral were Mrs. Frank Cook and W.B. Cox of Enterprise; D.H. Cox of Willamina, Ore., H.D. Cox of Nampa, Idaho. There are two sisters and one brother in the east.

Mrs. Reece united with the Christian church in early life. Although moving frequently she always placed her membership in the church where she resided, feeling the need of a church home. She was a loyal, loving, uncomplaining wife, a wonderful mother, giving her life an her all for her home and family. She was always mindful of others and received greater pleasure in giving and helping others than in receiving. Always writing cheerful letters to shut-ins and invalids who were strangers to her.

"The careworn hands are folded,
The voice we loved is still,
A place in our home is vacant,
Which never can be filled."

Card of Thanks.

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to our many friends for their sympathy and kindness and the many beautiful floral offerings during our recent bereavement. W.J. Reece and children, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cook, Mr. and Mrs.. W.R. Cox, Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Cox, Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Cox.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated June *, 1934

Services Held for Wilbur McKinley Reece

Wilbur McKinley Reece, was the son of William J. and Margaret Reece and was born on Sept. 1, 1897 at Jefferson, Oklahoma, coming to Wallowa Co. 54 years ago. On April 18, 1918 he was married at Weiser, Idaho to Rilla Frances Bonner, who proceeded him in death on April 30, 1965.

In the first years of their married life he worked at the Old East Oregon Lumber Mill as chief engineer. Later he and his wife moved to a farm where they raised their children, living for a number of years on the farm now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cool. In 1943 the family moved to Joseph and purchased the Ben Peal home. Wilbur was manager of the Joseph plant of Wallowa County Grain Growers for 20 years. He was mayor of Joseph for two terms, president of the Joseph Chamber of Commerce for two years and was one of the organizers of Chief Joseph Days.

He was a genial man and will be remembered by his many friends for his friendliness and his jokes. He had been in ill health for two years and a resident of the nursing home for 10 1/2 months.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Bee (Alta) Daggett, and a son, Howard (Dick) Reece, both of Joseph; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Earl (Lois) Bonner of Weiser, Idaho, Mrs. Della Frasolas of Hermiston, and Mrs. Bill (Mary) Phillips of Wapato, Wash.; five brothers, Lacy of Milton Freewater; Amos of Mabton, Wash.; Floyd of La Grande; and Emerson and Wayne, both of Enterprise.

Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated Jan. 23, 1969

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