William Carl "Bill" Rea (1929 - 2017)

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William Carl "Bill" Rea, 87, Red Oak, passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at the Red Oak Healthcare Community.
Bill was born Sept. 26, 1929, in Montgomery County, the son of Howard and Mamie (Peterson) Rea. He was raised in the Wales area graduating from Wales Lincoln High School in 1947. He later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return from service, Bill was employed as a welder in Red Oak.
He was united in marriage to Sandra Fuller on Jan. 9, 1954, at the Stratton United Methodist Church near Red Oak. Three children were born to this union, Cindy, Mike, and Chad. In 1956, Bill started farming with his family. This started a long career in farming, for which he had a passion. Even after retiring in 1992, he helped his nephew, Larry Rea, on the farm. He also became a representative for Beltone Hearing Aids for many years.
Bill was a daredevil who enjoyed racing Go Karts, riding motorcycles, even owning an Indian motorcycle, and owning, flying, and crashing an Ultralite aircraft. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Andy Rea, and the great-grandchildren. Bill spent many years enjoying life with his companion, Lois Jean Lawson, who preceded him in death in 2013. Bill maintained a wonderful friendship with Lois' son, Brian Bills, who spent many hours playing cribbage and visiting. Bill lived on the farm and loved to mow the many acres of grass until 2015, when he became a resident of the Red Oak Healthcare Community.
Preceding him in death were his parents and brothers, Tom and Marshall Rea.
Survivors include his daughter, Cindy Bierstedt and husband Ken; sons, Mike Rea and Chad Rea; grandsons, Andy Rea and wife Trina, and Adam Bierstedt and wife Holly; great-grandchildren, Amber, Jackson, William, Austin, Emersyn, and Elijah; sister-in-law, Pat Rea; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept 7, 2017, at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ron Bupp officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will take place one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. A memorial fund is being established in Bill's name.
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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Nelson-Boylan-Lerette Funeral Chapel
410 N 6th St
Red Oak, IA 51566
712-623-2525
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Published in The Red Oak Express on Sept. 5, 2017
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