We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Grand Ridge Funeral Home
John W. Rees, 85, of Grand Ridge passed away Wednesday morning, September 15, 2021.
Funeral services were held on September 18th at the Rees Family Cemetery in Grand Rapids Township.
John was born on August 18, 1936, in Streator to Naomi Offord Rees and Lemuel Rees.
John is survived by sister, Muriel Koetz, of Grand Ridge; brother, Lem (Susan) Rees, of Grand Ridge; brother-in-law Jim Fox of Cuba, IL. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and one great grand nephew.
John is preceded in death by parents Naomi and Lemuel, sister, Sharon (Jim) Fox and brother-in-law Dale Koetz.
John formerly served his country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Cessna Pilot Association, LaSalle County Farm Bureau and LaSalle County Geological Guild.
John graduated from Streator High School in 1954. He graduated from Midstate College of Commerce in Peoria in 1956 and attended L.P.O. Junior College. John continued his studies at Colorado State University and received a bachelor’s in Biological Science in 1960 as well as a Master’s degree in Anatomy in 1965. In 1968, John received his PhD in Anatomy from the University of Chicago. John went on to teach Anatomy at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine, and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. John was awarded his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1974. He then practiced at the Streator Medical Clinic for 4 years, became a staff Physician at Western Illinois University for 7 years and then practiced medicine at Streator Medical Services S. C. until he retired.
John would also find great fulfillment in farming the family ground in Grand Ridge and raising llamas. Additionally, John had a great passion for horses and burros and spent many happy hours working with them. His substantial curiosity, playful wit, and undying love for his family will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be made to the Grand Ridge Fire Department, the Starved Rock Audubon Society, and the Grand Ridge Methodist Church.