Pershing G. Reese

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Pershing G. Reese November 11, 1918 – February 21, 2013 Pershing G. Reese of Grand Junction, Colorado passed away on February 21, 2013, at the age of 94. A memorial service will be held at the American Lutheran Church on North 7th Street at 26 1/2 Road in Grand Junction at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2nd. Pershing was born to William and Irma Reese in Grand Island, Nebraska on "Armistice Day" the day World War I ended. He always said, " they couldn't name me Tom, Dick or Harry ... it had to be after General John J. Pershing, the "Hero of the Hour". After graduating from high school, he worked in the advertising department of Grand Island's Daily Independent Newspaper until World War II broke out and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. In March of 1943, his fiancée, Wauneta Huffman joined him in California where he was taking his Air Corps training. They were married in Ventura, CA on March 28, 1943. Their 60th wedding anniversary was in 2003, just prior to Nita's death. He flew 30 combat missions over France and Germany as a lead radio operator and gunner on a B-17 and received the Air Medal with five Bronze Clusters and several other awards for his service. At the end of the war, they moved to Grand Junction where he lived until his death. Pershing worked briefly for the C.C. Anderson Department Store and then moved on to become Assistant Manager of Bannister Furniture Company, a job he held until his retirement in 1983. In retirement, he served as a Mesa County and District Court Bailiff for seven years. Pershing and Nita were very active as charter members of the American Lutheran Church. He held the longest standing membership in American Legion Post 37 and served as their Commander in 1949. He was also very active in 40 & 8 and The Elks Club. He and his wife loved to travel including many trips to Hawaii, Europe and various cruises to multiple destinations. They never missed President Ford's Celebrity Golf Tournament held in Vail, CO for many years. Persh was an avid golfer who played two or three times a week until his old legs gave out. He continued to ride along with friends and relatives offering advice when needed. Survivors include his daughter, Paula (Michael) McCarville of Omaha, NE, and son, Carter (Lynn) Reese of Grand Junction; sisters, Elaine Stumpff of Kearney, NE, and Betty (Earl) Schweiger of Grand Island, NE; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nita, and daughter, Dianne. Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church in Grand Junction.
Published in The Daily Sentinel from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2013
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