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Melvin C. Ree Sr.

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Melvin C. Ree, Sr.

NEWARK: A funeral service for Melvin C. Ree, Sr. will be held at 1pm, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home with Rev. Charlie Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, with the Licking County Veterans Alliance providing military funeral honors. Friends and family may call from 11am, until the time of the service on Wednesday, at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st Street in Newark.

Mr. Ree, 93, retired local professional engineer and community leader, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Autumn Healthcare in Newark. Born December 25, 1919, in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was a son of the late Magnus and Theresa (nee Grotland) Ree. Reared in South Milwaukee, he was a 1937 graduate of South Milwaukee High School and was president of his freshman and senior class. While in high school he spent four years in the school band and orchestra and was a member of the National Honor Society and was active in the Boy Scouts. In 1941, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in civil engineering. He was a member of the marching band and US Navy ROTC. As the country entered WWII, Mr. Ree served as a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the US Navy during the war years.

A lifelong professional civil engineer, he moved to Newark and began his professional career with the W.J. Camlin Company, served as vice president and spent 38 years with the company. He also had operated Ree and Brezina Construction Company and M.C. Ree & Associates, an engineering consulting firm in Newark. Active in community affairs, Mr. Ree had served as president of the Newark Rotary Club, helped start Boy Scout Troop #15 and was instrumental in the creation of The Works in downtown Newark. He enjoyed remaining active in professional engineer fraternities and had been president of the local Professional Engineers Society. For many years, Mr. Ree served with the Licking County Mental Health board.

He enjoyed hiking on his farm; ice skating, painting and photography. Over the years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Wilma and collected many cherished keepsakes.

Surviving are a daughter, Kristen (C. Granger) Ree McKinney; sons, Melvin C. (Sheila Glover) Ree Jr. and Robert P. (Deborah D.) Ree; daughter, Lisé (David) Ree Benson; grandchildren, Katie Fox, Cyrus McKinney, Magnus McKinney, Kristopher R. Ree, Ashley D. Ree, Bree Benson, Laura Benson, Vance Benson and Robert Benson; great-grandchildren, Kristen Ann Fox, Timmy Fox, Joe Fox, Audrey McKinney, Alivia McKinney and Malachi McKinney.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ree was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Wilma W. (nee Parker) Ree, whom he married January 28, 1943 and who passed on January 28, 2013; one brother William Oscar Ree and a sister Florence Orr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Presbyterian Church; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The Ree family would like to extend their gratitude for the care and courtesies extended to the family by the staff of Autumn Healthcare on Price Road and the nurses of Hospice of Central Ohio.

The Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ree family, to sign an online guest book, please visit


Published in the Advocate on Dec. 10, 2013
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