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Edmund Reeck(1922 - 2014)

Edmund Martin Reeck

March 27, 1922 - May 12, 2014

Ed Reeck left this world peacefully early Monday morning. He was at home surrounded by love and family. He was 92 years old.

Born in Chicago, Ill, on March 27th, 1922, Ed was the youngest child of William and Catherine Reeck.

He had many fond memories of growing up and helping out at the family owned grocery store.

During WWII he served with the 3rd Marine division in the South Pacific.

Shortly after the war he married his sweetheart, Dorothy Dobrauz, and went on to have three children; Douglas, Diana and Jann. He spent his working career, up until retirement, in sales and inventory at Schuham Hardware. As Dorothy worked for United Airlines, they enjoyed the travel benefits and spent much of their time visiting places such as Egypt, Mexico, Hawaii, Slovenia and Poland (to name a few). In 2001 they sold their home in Chicago and moved to Salem, Oregon to be closer to their grown children and grandchildren.

There was nothing that Ed cherished more than family. He valued tradition and was always the center of large holiday celebrations abundant with food, laughter and drink.

He loved sitting in the garden late into the evening and making weekly casino trips with his cousin and lifelong friend Max. He was an avid sports fan (especially when it came to the Chicago Cubs), a devout Catholic, and an endless jokester and conversationalist. His attitude was always incredibly cheerful and positive. He found such joy in everything. He lived a full life and was loved and respected by all. He will be deeply missed and will continue to live on through the wisdom and life lessons that he instilled upon all of us.

He is survived by his son Douglas, daughter Diana, son-in-law Tony, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren (with one on the way.) He joins his wife Dorothy, his sister Eleanor and his daughter Jann.

Visitation will be from 10-1pm at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2pm Friday at St Joseph Catholic Church followed by burial at Belcrest Memorial Park and a reception at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.




Published in StatesmanJournal on May 15, 2014
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