Charles Howard Reese
March 21, 1929  -  March 20, 2018

Charles Howard Reese

Celebration of Life
First Christian Church
1900 Brahma Blvd.
Kingsville, TX  78363
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
3:30 p.m.
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Charles Howard Reese, 88 years and 364 days old, passed away at 9:10AM on March 20, 2018 at Spohn Kleberg Hospital in Kingsville, TX with his loving wife and best friend Patty at his side.

Howard was born in Kingsville, TX on March 21, 1929 to Ethel & Hill Reese. He was the first born of three children and was the only son. His early years were spent in Kingsville and he attended elementary school there as well. He attended and graduated from TMI in San Antonio, TX.

Howard proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Marines. He was a veteran of the Korean War (1952-53). Semper Fi !!!

After his service, he continued his education at Texas A&I College in Kingsville. He graduated with a degree in Business. While in college he was an active member of Kappa Sigma, the world’s largest social fraternity. He was also an avid swimmer while enrolled at A&I and was a lifeguard at the country club in Kingsville.

After graduation, Howard worked in the service department of Continental EMSCO in Corpus Christi. Later he was employed by Hoechst Celanese in Bishop as a purchasing agent. He retired from that job after 29 continuous years of employment.

In the early ‘50’s Howard started dating a girl that would end up being the love of his life. On December 21, 1955 Howard and Patty were married in the town of Kingsville where they would reside for the remainder of their days together. In 1956 they were the proud parents of baby girl they named Karen. Then in 1961 they proudly added baby sister Sarah.

Like many other Texans, Howard was a Dallas Cowboys football fan. He followed the ‘boys through the good years and the not so good years. He did his share of arm chair coaching as all true fans do and he did not hesitate to chew them out when they needed it.

Howard was a hunter and he really looked forward to the trips to the lease with his hunting buddies. Hunting was a part of the trip of course, but a lot of his “hunting” stories involved tales of sitting around the campfire and the

camaraderie that occurred there. All we will say on the other subject is that the hunters were never hungry or thirsty.

He also enjoyed “Poker Night” with the boys. He had his share of wins and losses, but more important than that, they all had a great time and laughed a lot when they played. As a Celanese employee, Howard enjoyed played golf at the Celanese golf course before it closed and at the country club.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Hill Reese.

Howard is survived by his wife Patty, 2 daughters: Karen Reese of Corpus Christi and Sarah Martinez of San Antonio, granddaughter Katie Martinez of San Antonio, grandson Jacob Martinez of Houston, 2 sisters: Mary Mahon (Willis) of Dallas and Nancy Stedman (Cecil) of Brazoria, sister-in-law Frances Bishop of Houston, 3 nieces: Laura Jones (Rusty) of Arlington, Sally Rueffer (Jack) of Brazoria, Phyllis Stedman of Brazoria, 3 nephews: Randall Mahon (Becky) of Atlanta,GA , Conner Bishop (Brenda) of Corpus Christi, Bill Bishop (Eliza) of Houston, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 3:30PM at the First Christian Church, 1900 Brahma Blvd., Kingsville with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Wendell Johnson of Mexia, Conner Bishop of Corpus Christi, Bill Bishop of Houston, Tommy Pollard of Kingsville, Cecil Stedman of Brazoria, and Jim Smith of Victoria. Flowers may be sent to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Kingsville or to the charity of your choice.

The family of Howard Reese would like to thank Spohn Kleberg ER, ICU, and the 2nd floor staff for the professional and loving care they provided Howard and the family during his stay. Thanks also go to the Kingsville Nursing and Rehab staff for the compassionate care they provided during his recent rehab stay. Thanks as well to Turcotte-Piper for thoughtful, organized guidance they provide for the arrangements that had to be made.


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  1. Laura Gerlich Flanagan
    Victoria, TX

    Dear Mrs. Reese, Karen and Sarah, Please know that my heart goes out to each of you with my most sincere sympathy. My words can't begin to express the extent of my condolences and prayers that go out to you and all of your family. Rest in Peace Mr. Reese!

  2. Steve Floyd
    Columbus, GA

    My condolences for your loss. I pray that our kind and loving creator give you peace and hope. Remember that God loves you and has made arrangements for forgiveness of sins and to give us everlasting life. ( John 3:16) He promises that he will resurrect the dead to life again. (John 5:28, 29) He also promises a whole new world in which to live with your families and friends forever. (Revelation 21:1-4). I hope this helps a little. More comforting information can be found at JW. ORG. Steve

  3. Kathy and Richard Morgan
    Grand Junction, CO

    Our love and prayers are with you and your family. We have fond memories of Howard and Patty.

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  5. Carlos Torres Jr.
    New Braunfels, TX

    Rest in Peace Mr. Reese.

  6. Joann Elliott Wright
    Mcallen, TX

    Patty, Sarah and Karen,
    How fortunate we were to have this man in our lives! My condolences to you all.. I know he's up telling somebody a joke with that sparkle in his eyes!
    Sending much love and hugs,

    God Bless

  7. Joann Elliott Wright
    McAllen, GA

  8. Angela Hertel
    Rule, TX

    Love you and will miss you uncle Howard. You where one of the funniest people in this world and will be missed so much.

  9. Sarah Martinez
    San Antonio,, TX

    I love and miss you Dad!

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