Vernon Reece of Estes Park died at home Wednesday February 16, 2011. He was 82 years old. Vernon Eugene Reece was born April 8, 1928 in Topeka, KS. His parents were Glen and Cecil (Kelly) Reece. Vernon worked at Ed Marling’s Furniture & Appliance Company in Topeka. On October 11, 1986 he married Shirley Denton in Topeka. After retirement, Vern worked at Sears in Boulder, CO. He was a member of Christ The King Catholic Church in Topeka. After moving to Estes Park in 1993, he was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Church. He was a 4th Degree member of Knights of Columbus Council #12063. He was also a member of the Estes Park Lions Club.
Vern is survived by his wife, Shirley of Estes Park; children John Reece and wife Beth of Parker, CO; Robert Reece and his wife LuAnn of Manhattan, KS; Cindy Arnold of Topeka, KS; Connie Hull and her husband Rich of Eldora Hills, CA; step children Eric Baker and his wife Twila of Lawrence, KS; Scott Baker and his wife Julie of Auburn, KS; Laura Baker and Susan Calvin and her husband Kevin of Topeka; brother Victor Reece of Overbrook, KS; sister Arlene Ellison of Topeka. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
A Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, February 21 at Our Lady of the Mountains Church. An Evening Vigil was held at the Church Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Mountains Building Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Vern’s family.