Surrounded by his family in his home, Glenn Haydn Rees 81, passed away on November 4, 2018 due to a brain tumor. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from Clearfield High School and married the love of his life, Mona Davis in 1953 in Clearfield, PA. She preceded him in death in 2014. Glenn was the proud father of seven daughters, five of whom were born by the time he graduated from Penn State University with a degree in ceramic engineering. He had a career that spanned from a research engineer to managing director of Brush Wellman, Singapore.
Glenn loved old and new experiences and relished in sharing them with his wife, children, grandchildren, parents, and friends: from hot air ballooning in Maine, riding a donkey into the Grand Canyon, walking the Great Wall of China, jet skiing in the South China Sea, spending time at Twin Oaks Camp, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and hundreds more. He visited all fifty states, all seven continents, and fifty-three countries.
After retiring, Glenn and Mona were content to settle into the Fremont home he designed, sharing it with his daughter Kathy and great granddaughter Julia. Sitting on the back porch watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play and grow gave him immense joy. He loved animals and his home always included a few pets: currently Jethro, Maggie, and Charlie.
Glenn was a board member of the Terra Community College Lifetime Learning Center and was a perpetual student at the center. He spent eight years as a CASA volunteer and received the Sandusky County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award in 2012. He was an active member of Kiwanis and a Big Brother to several area children.
His invaluable advice and contributions to his family, friends, and community will be missed. The lessons of life he shared with his family have become a part of them and they will impart these to the generations to follow. This is what Glenn strived for and he was happy to know what an influence his life experiences had within his family.
He is survived by his daughters Pamala Rees, Linda Wingate, Kathy Davis, Sandy Edwards (Chuck), Tawni Schwochow (Loren), and Laura Manahan (Scott). He was preceded in death by his wife Mona, daughter Tracey Rees Lawson, grandson Ryan Wingate, his parents Haydn and Betty Rees, mother and father in law, Audrey and Rex Davis and brother in law Larry Davis. He will be greatly missed by nineteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, a niece and two nephews.
His core beliefs were simple: “If I am in a position to cause you happiness or sadness, I have an obligation to try to provide happiness. I believe in treating others as I would like to be treated. This includes honesty and truthfulness as well as not stealing. Decisions should be made because they make sense here on earth, not because what may or may not occur in an afterlife.”
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on November 17, 2018 at the Fremont Elks Lodge, 436 Croghan Street, Fremont, OH 43420 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local humane society, Kiwanis Club of Fremont, Ashland University Softball Association, 402 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805, or the charity of your choice.
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Robbie and Marty Kane
I am sorry for your loss of a great man and father. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Glenn made a difference in my life…He pushed me to get involved with Lake Erie Wrestling Club. This made a huge and positive change for my son and I. Glenn was always so encouraging and positive. He and his wife even went so far as to provide us with rides in his camper to wrestling events. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and Prayers, Sande and Marcus Measimer
Karen Ogden Doll
So sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing. Oh how the years have gone by but oh how I remember the family gatherings. Your mom and dad were an inspiration to us all by showing their love and kindness. Will always remember the get togethers and those yearly xmas pics all of u in matching pjs. He surely will be missed by so many. My deepest sympathy to all. Prayerfully Karen Doll
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss. Your father/grandfather was quite an incredible man. I consider myself fortunate to have know him in the small way that I did. Sending love your way.
Your father/grandfather was quite an amazing man. I feel fortunate to have known him in the small way that I did. My love is with you all at this difficult time.
Glen & Sandra Watson
Our sympathy to the whole Rees Family, especially Kathy Rees Davis and our great granddaughter Julia Davis. I know he is gone but will not be forgotten. Everyone will have their own special memories of Dad, grand-father and great-grandfather.
Uncle Glenn, a positive role model who shared his experiences and wisdom. One of my favorite Uncles whom I will miss having conversations with on a plethora of topics. You will truly be missed by me and all your family. Pam, Linda, Kathy, Sandy, Tawni, and Laura, Uncle Glenn’s wisdom and personality lives on in all of you. Wishing you and your families my deepest sympathy and condolences. Love Rick.
To the family of Glenn Rees,
I am greatly saddened by the passing of your father, grand-father, and great-grand-father.
Glenn was a friend that I met through Fremont Kiwanis. We found ways to help each other in small, but meaningful ways. He always smiled, and made me smile, as he told stories of his adventures with his family.
I pray that your family will be strengthened and comforted by the grace of God.
I am deeply sorry about the passing of your father/grandfather/great grandfather. He was truly one of my favorite people and an avid fan of my work and my music. I was never more surprised than to see him at my shows as I began to enter back into commercial music – both in the area, and few while we were on the road. He believed in people and had a great sense of instilling belief in others. His passion for being a life-long learner was inspiring. A gentle soul and gentle heart made him the exemplary gentlemen. I can only say how blessed we were that we had him in our lives. I know he made a difference in mine.
Many blessings and prayers to all of you during this time.
Here’s to a life well lived
Glenn you were a very good man who helped a lot of people Everyone that knew you loved you including me Charles J Graber
So sorry for your loss, gone but not forgotten.
The Graber Family
Condolences to the Rees family. I became aquainted with Glenn through the senior services at Terra and then Kiwanis. He was very active in both and will be greatly missed.
Our deepest sympathy to the Rees family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Randy and Carol Pataky and family.
So very sorry for your loss. I met and knew Glenn through Kiwanis and always enjoyed his infectous smile. I had the pleasure of working a few projects with him and lastly visited with him at Valley View in the time just prior to his passing. He always had a positive attitude and a good word for all – I love that he lived by the Golden Rule… truly lived by it. I learned so much about him through his obituary. A life truly lived. He will be missed.
Dale & Cindy Stout
So sorry … girls for the loss of your father… our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family’s
I am so sorry for your great loss! I know he was a wonderful man and you all have great memories with him. Cherish those memories and share them often. Thinking of all of you..and praying you can get through this difficult time. ❤
Therese Prophet aka Terri Mallia
Glen and Mona and their kids planted memories on my heart. There were times, happy times etched on my heart of ice skating on a pond near their first home. I remember our Dad hauling us out to help Glen and Mona build their dream house. My memories have faded a bit but the memory of Glen and dad’s friendship lives on.. A singer once said you don’t get over grief, you can only get through it to the other side. God bless you all on your journeys to the other side
Thank you for your kind words! As I was going through my Dads papers he kept a correspondance with your Dad till the end of your fathers lives. I was happy to see they kept in touch.
Kathy Rees Davis