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Rodney Bruce Reese

November 11, 1943 — May 8, 2020

Rodney B. Reese 76 , retired Serena Fire Chief passed away at his home May 8, 2020, Serena, IL

He was born November 11, 1943 in Sandwich, IL to the late Earl and Bernice (Olson) Reese.

Rodney graduated from Serena High 1962 and then entered the Air Force from 1962-1966 working in Fire Service in Alaska. Rodney grew up following his dads’ footsteps as a Serena Fire Fighter, beginning his career in 1966. Throughout the years he raised though raNKS and finally becoming Fire Chief.  49 years total with the department and 15 of those finishing his career as Chief retiring in 2015.

During that time he had married Judith Peterson on January 20,1990 in Serena.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Serena, one of the originating members of the 911 board for LaSalle County, Past President for MABAS 25 Division and past township trustee for Serena township.

Memberships included are. Retired Fire Chiefs Association, Illinois Fire Chief Association, Illinois Firefighters Association, and Illinois Association of Fire protection Districts.

He is survived by his loving wife Judy of Serena, 3 sons; Richard (Michelle) Reese of Ottawa, Robert Reese of Ottawa and Jim (Margaret) Anderson of Serena, 1 sister Janet Reese of Bloomingdale, IL, sister in law Elaine Reese of Serena.

4 grandchildren Riley, Briana, Amber and Heather and 3 great grandchildren Gage, Bricksin and Ivy.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Don.

 Full Fire and Military Honors will be held Saturday May 30th beginning at 2:30  p.m. with a drive pass at the Serena Fire Dept of Fire Apparatus  and private vehicles then proceeding in procession  to the West Serena Cemetery for Christian, Fire and Military Service, Memorials may be directed to the Serena Fire Protection District P.O. Box 133 Serena, IL 60549

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Beverage Family Funeral Homes were entrusted with the funeral services.

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Service Schedule

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Starts at 2:30 pm (Central time)

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