In the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 2013, surrounded by family, Marvin Kenneth Reese lost his battle to pancreatic cancer and closed his beautiful, smiling blue eyes for the last time.
Posted January 30, 2013
In the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 2013, surrounded by family, Marvin Kenneth Reese lost his battle to pancreatic cancer and closed his beautiful, smiling blue eyes for the last time. He was 76.
Marvin was born Aug. 28, 1936 in Ekalaka to Ingward and Katie (Andolshek) Reese. He was the eldest of two children. Marvin attended elementary schools in Baker and graduated from Baker High School in 1954. After graduation, Marvin enlisted in the United States Air Force on Sept. 16, 1954 and was honorably discharged June 16, 1958. After proudly serving his country and attending Montana State College, Marvin began a long career with the United States Forest Service. During his time as a Forest Service engineer technician, Marvin built roads, fought fires, and did administrative work, but his passion was working outside and he always had the absolute best farmer’s tan.
In 1965, he married Lorraine Smith and from this marriage two children were born, Karen and Mark. In 1970, Marvin adopted Lorraine’s children, Mary Kay and Curtis. Marv loved being outdoors and many weekends were spent camping in the forests around Helena, especially at Park Lake and Vigilante campgrounds. The passion Marvin had for the outdoors was instilled in his four children, all whom enjoy exploring the path less traveled. In addition to camping, Marvin loved fishing, gardening, traveling, music, and sports. He was a member of both Our Redeemer’s and St. John’s Lutheran Churches as well as being a lifetime member of the Elks Club.
June 15, 2001, Marvin married Shirley Bentzen and they spent eleven and one-half wonderful years camping, gardening, and attending grandchildren’s events. Marvin loved traveling with Shirley and together they enjoyed bluegrass music festivals, spending time in Arizona, and visiting family in eastern Montana and other parts of the United States.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his loving wife, Shirley; sister, Dorothy (Lyle) Neary, of Baker; his children, Mary (Rocky) Yuricic of Helena, Curt Reese of Bozeman, Karen Reese (Jim) and Mark Reese (Jamie), and his step-daughter Jill Henry (Scott), all of Helena; 13 grandchildren: Theresa (Christian) Palmquist, Amanda Yuricic, Ashley, Kristina, Carson and Evan Reese, Logan, Brady, and Seeley Schwenk, Travis, Dylan and Morgan Henry, and Megan Stevens.
Marv, Dad, Grandpa – we will miss you! Thanks for your never ending support and your hard work ethic. We know you are in a better place now and look forward to the day when we can be reunited. We love you and will never forget all the good memories.
A memorial service celebrating Marvin’s life was held Jan. 29, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Helena. Interment with military honors was at the Montana State Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Memorials are suggested to NAMI of Montana, the Humane Society, or an organization of donor’s choice.
Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or share a memory of Marvin.