Robert Reese
1931 - 2019

Robert Reese

June 27, 1931-June 22, 2019

GENESEO-Robert R. Reese, 87, of Geneseo, Illinois, well-known founder of Springfield Armory, passed peacefully Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.

A hospitality visitation will be held on Friday, June 28th, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trimble Funeral Home, 701 12th Street, Moline, Illinois.

The Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon will officiate services on Saturday, June 29th, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline, Illinois. The Moline American Legion Post #246 will present military honors at the church following the service. Friends are invited to join the family for a funeral luncheon celebration at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe at 12 p.m. on Saturday following the funeral.

Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory and private burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo on an undetermined date. Memorials may be made to the following:

First Congregational Church


Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) -

Robert Rost Reese was born June 27, 1931, in Moline to Thomas William and Ruby Rose (Rost) Reese. Bob married Carol Schillinger on June 25, 1952, in Geneseo.

After his marriage Bob served in the U.S. Army National Guard at Camp Cooke in Santa Barbara County, California. After his discharge from the Army, Bob and Carol returned to the Midwest where he began farming in Henry County, Illinois with his father. In addition to farming, Bob had several other occupations. He was an agriculture equipment salesman in Tipton, Iowa. He was a real estate developer in Hanna Township. He became a dealer of Army surplus, and had a surplus store in Geneseo. In 1974, Bob seized the opportunity to trademark the name "Springfield Armory" and in doing so, resurrect some of the most historically significant firearm designs, such as the M1Garand, the US M14, and the 1911 pistol. Bob, his wife, Carol, and their son, Dennis were the first employees of the new Springfield Armory. They were joined by sons Dave and Tom, and together the Reese family grew the business to be a global force in the firearms industry.

Bob was a man of many interests and talents. He was a hunter and fisherman who pursued both interests together with Carol all over the world. Bob enjoyed boating, water skiing, snow skiing, and racing dirt bikes. Bob's greatest interest was in all things related to firearms and shooting. At the age of 17, he became junior champion of trap shooting of North America.

Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis J. and Jane Reese of Geneseo, David R, and Colleen Reese of Colona, and Thomas William and Jane Reese of Geneseo; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Stefany and Chris Toomer, Nicholas Reese, Robert and Bethany Reese, Jon Reese, Kelly and Houston Holt, Carolyn and John Kozlik, and Thomas William Reese; and two great-grandchildren, Ruby Grace Holt and Eli Joseph Reese. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Kleeman.

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Published by Quad-City Times from Jun. 24 to Jun. 25, 2019.
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory
701 12th St, Moline, IL 61265
Memorial Gathering
CityView Celebrations
Trimble Pointe
First Congregational Church
2201 7th Avenue, Moline, Iowa
Funeral services provided by:
Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory
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Carol, Denny & Jane & Families, Dave & Colleen & Families, and Tom & Jane & Families -
My heart goes out to each of you in the loss of your wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, and grandpa. I will always remember Bob's kindness, smile, and his blue eyes. I have great memories of times spent at the house, the Christmas parties, shooting, and working at SA. I'm thankful to call you all friends. May the spirit of Bob live on in each of you, and in Heaven. May Bob rest in peace and with a restored memory. I lost my Mom to Alzheimer's a year ago -- what a horrible disease. Celebrate his life with love and happiness!
Phylis (Stuart) Dalldorf
June 28, 2019
a loved one
June 28, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts. Love, Shari and Steve Shannon
Shari Shannon
June 28, 2019
a loved one
June 27, 2019
My heart goes out to all the Reese and Schillinger families, the loss of Bob will linger on through each of you. Bob was an awesome man who never met a stranger.
I remember many times, back in the late 60's, of firing guns in the back 40, shooting apples from the trees, shooting old vehicles, and all the laughter it brought all of us. Then helping to build the snow ski hill behind your parents house, the guys even put in a power ski rope to hoist us to the top. We skied every week end till the snow was practically off the hill. The hours spent fixing hot cocoa in a little shed with an old time wood burning stove to keep warm. The trips to Colorado snow skiing, one trip football player Bart Star was supposed to go with us and had to cancel at the last minute! We were all so disappointed! Boating and skiing on the Rock River with the family. Many, many memories of times with him and all the Schillingers will always remain in heart, thank you for sharing your lives with us.
May God Bless each of you and help you through this time of sorrow. I know Bob will be looking down on you and will be present in your lives through all the memories he had with you. Never doubt he will be missed dearly by all that knew him.
Georgia Baldridge (Larson)
June 26, 2019
Melissa Stulz
June 26, 2019
Great family! Sorry for your loss! Gone but never forgotten. Prayers to your entire family from the Redell's.
Stan Redell
June 25, 2019
Carol and family,. A big hug and much love and many prayers as we share memories of our friend. Ralph and Ann
June 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Please allow the fondest memories shared with your loved one be a soothing blanket over your heart. May God words of comfort found in Mathew 11:28 help you through this difficult time. ~MM~
June 24, 2019
Carol and family, our thoughts are with all of you. Bob will be remembered for his great smile and will be missed by many.
Jerry and Judy Deutsch
June 24, 2019