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Reece Ellis

Resident of Morgan Hill

Passed away at his home in Morgan Hill July 7, 2012, with his family at his side. When looking back, Reece felt that his life was one great adventure: Born in Westville, OK, Feb. 19, 1922, high school in Las Vegas, machine gunner in the WWII battles of Normandy, Woodbury College, Los Angeles, abalone diver on the Molly-O, the boat he owned with a friend and which sank on a stormy night off Catalina Island, operator of concessions at numerous state and county fairs, ski rental manager at Northstar-at-Tahoe, avid skier, hiker and independent world traveller.

Reece is leaving behind his wife, best friend and travel companion, Christa, whom he met in 1967 on a bus from Mexico City to Acapulco, the joy of his life, daughter Melitta Nerhood, his son-in-law David Nerhood, his grandchildren Gabriela, Justin and Jillian Nerhood, his sister Neva Colburn of Everett, WA, his brother Joe Ellis of Helotes,TX, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life for family and friends will be announced at a later date.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 14, 2012
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