June 28, 2022

Ronald H. Reece

Ron Reece, 90, of Lincoln passed away on June 26, 2022.  Ron was born in Hardin County Iowa on January 23, 1932.  He grew up on a farm near the town of Eldora with his parents Gladys and Eb Reece, and his younger brother Barry with whom he had all sorts of mischievous fun while attending country school. Growing up, Ron enjoyed racing cars and pitching baseball for Whitten High School. 

  He was drafted in 1952 and served in the US Army during the Korean War as a medic in Tokyo.  After an Honorable Discharge from the Army, he attended the School of Business in Des Moines, IA.  While in Des Moines, he met Florence Loose, fell in love and they were married on June 13, 1959. Ron worked in billboard sales which brought him to Lincoln, NE, where he settled with Florence and started a family. He briefly owned a service station near Union College but moved on to a long career at Montgomery Wards selling large appliances. Throughout his life, his love for meeting people and his positive outlook served him well.  Ron loved playing golf, and meeting up with friends for coffee or for a five o’clock beer at his favorite bar.

 Ron had a generous heart and held within it countless family members and friends, and his greatest love was his family; he cherished being a part of their lives. He is survived by his three children, Renee, Mary (Klaus), Eric (Candi) and grandson Austin, by his brother Barry, sister- and brother-in-law Margie and Don Brown, and by his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. 

Celebration of Life: 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, at Wyuka Funeral Home. Visitation: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Wyuka. The service may be viewed live by clicking in the following link: Wyuka Funeral Home – YouTube

In lieu of flowers, you could honor Ron’s memory by visiting your favorite bar, playing a round of Keno and drinking a Miller High Life.

 Alternatively, memorials to the following are appreciated. Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation or Capital City Humane Society

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  1. Dearest Renee, Mary & Eric. We have such fond memories of your Dad. We shared so many fond times with you and your parents. You surely have precious memories of your Dad. Russ & Jayne share my sorry, memories and love to each of you.


  2. Ron was a character! I managed The Cookie Co. and when it was inside Wards, Ron would come by every day to visit, tell me a story, tease me about something and get a cup of coffee. When Wards closed I still saw Ron on a pretty regular basis and enjoyed hearing stories about his kids and Austin. He always amazed me with his friendly positive outlook ! I think about him often. He was a good friend.

  3. Amigo:
    Our deepest sympathy to your family and friends. Ron always came to La Paloma restaurant with a big smile, a big handshake, and the kindest words. He was very pleasant to everyone, and everyone loved Ron. Our entire staff loved Ron, they loved serving Ron and his family. Ron, you will be missed. Mexican food, Miller Lite, and family, here’s to you Amigo, I will miss you.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Ron was a great guy, always with a smile and a joke when he visited Skorohod Service at Cotner & Vine. Sometimes I think he would just stop in, even if he didn’t need gas. Always good to see him there and in the neighborhood enjoying his keno & beverage. His big smile will be missed by a lot of people!

  5. My family lived next to Ron for over 20 years.

    I grew up thinking more of him as a grandpa than a neighbor: I took care of Andi the dog when he and Flo would be out of town, I would run next door to visit often as a child because I loved hearing stories, he was always so kind and interested in everything we were all up to.

    Now I have children of my own-two of whom I am grateful he met. I remember bringing him my oldest to see and telling him “look what I made!” He just chuckled and said “That’s just so great!”

    I will never forget him. He will always hold a special place in my heart and thoughts and I will always celebrate the life he led!

    God bless all of you!

  6. Ron was a wonderful man. Very kind, thoughtful, and always had a smile and a big “hello” as he walked through the neighborhood. We were sad to see move on but knew you were happy hanging out with your new-found friends. God bless you on your journey, Ron

    • Uncle Ron always shared a big hug and gave a huge smile. His joy was contagious. He treasured family gatherings and was the life of the party. He will always be remembered by all his family.


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