Keith Duane Rees
Keith Duane Rees of Lincoln, formerly of Liberty NE, passed away January 5, 2019 in Lincoln, NE at the age of 93.
He was born May 8, 1925 at the family farm near Liberty NE along with his twin brother Kenneth to Ernest and Inez (Blume) Rees. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Liberty, and attended rural school District 66, Dubois, and Barneston High School. Keith graduated salutatorian of his class from Barneston High School in 1942. He graduated from the Grand Island Business College in 1943.
Keith served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 on the USS Pamanset AO-85 in the Pacific Theater. He called it an Oiler. Over the years Keith and Elaine attended many of his ships reunions held around the county. They enjoyed those trips.
He married Elaine May Weyer of Barneston at St. John’s Lutheran Church west of Barneston April 4, 1948. They have been married for 70 years. They have one daughter Nancy.
Keith was active in the community serving on the Barneston School Board, the Election Board, and the ASCS committee. He served as a Trustee and church Treasurer for the Mission Creek Presbyterian Church. He was Treasurer for the Mission Creek Cemetery for 32 years.
Keith was a member of Barneston Legion Post 356, and a life time member of the VFW Post 1077 in Beatrice, NE.
He worked for the ASCS Office measuring ground for 13 years. He farmed for 48 years, and lived on the same section for 85 years. Elaine and Keith moved to the Cotner Center Condominiums in Lincoln in 2010.
He is survived by his wife Elaine, daughter Nancy (Darrel) Weers, grandchildren Tracy (Kevin) Dickes, Tyler (Diana) Weers, and four great grandchildren Dawson Wright, Maya Dickes, Audrey Weers, and Hunter Weers, his sister-in-law Lila Rees, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Inez (Blume) Rees, bothers Ivan, Donald, Lowell, Kenneth, and Harold.
Memorials to the Mission Creek Cemetery.
Visitation with the family was at the Cotner Center, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd. Lincoln NE on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm. A Celebration of Life will be January 16, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Barneston American Legion in Barneston, NE. Military Honors will be in Barneston. Private Internment will be at the Mission Creek Cemetery on a later date.
Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Condolences for Keith Duane Rees
Keith was such a wonderful man! I always looked forward to visiting him. God made him special!
Elaine, Nancy, Darrel and Family:
We are so sad for you at this time with the loss of your husband and dad. Keith was always so good to all of our family, and fun to be around , like all of you.
Memories of Mission Creek with your family, Get togethers of our parents for cards, or just to get together, while all of the kids had a great time too, are some of our best memories, and we treasure them greatly.
Even though mom and dad were in Norfolk the last few years, they talked about you often and hoping we had news of how life in Lincoln was for all of you. A memorial will be sent to Nancy & Darrel’s address. Mom can’t travel far now or we would help her be there. I would be there if I lived closer Nancy for you.
WIth great sympathy, Karen McWilliams for Zelma, and all of the Drakes.
Our sympathy as you journey on without Keith. He will be missed, our life long friend and neighbor, his always smiling and pleasant self. We enjoyed Keith’s friendship, visits and his interest in Don’s hunting excursions. So thankful we had a nice visit a year ago.