Leon Adolph Reese

Born: Tue., Mar. 30, 1926
Died: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018


Sat., Nov. 17, 2018
Location: Echo Cemetery

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Leon Adolph Reese of Pendleton, Oregon, joined his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the morning of November 3, 2018. Leon was the son of Ralph A. and Wilhelmina (Rohde) Reese of Echo Oregon. He was a 1944 graduate of Echo High School. During WWII he served as a radio mechanic in the Army Air Corps in France and Germany from 1944 to 1946. He was an expert in radar and radio theory and was asked to go to England to help the British develop and work on their ship radar units. At one point in France he assisted with the radios on General de Gaulle’s personal aircraft. When he returned home, because of his military training, he was awarded junior academic status at the University of Oregon. He fell in love with Dorothy Farrens in high school and married her on September 11, 1946, in Pendleton. They had a strong, inspiring 70 year marriage. He and Dorothy operated a family wheat farm west of Pendleton for over 50 years, while also maintaining a herd of registered Angus cattle. Leon served on the boards of Pendleton Grain Growers, Farmers Home Administration, Oregon Angus Association, Echo School district and Peace Lutheran Church. He was the 1987 County Conservation Farmer of the Year. He also was the State President of the Oregon Angus Association and Chairman of PLC and EHS. During their retirement Leon and Dorothy served together as Farmer to Farmer volunteers with Volunteer Overseas Cooperative Assistance in Eastern Europe. Leon was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend with a keen sense of humor and an infectious smile. He was generous, selfless, and a man of deep faith exhibiting a quiet strength, gentle wisdom, and love for life. Leon enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, golf and maintaining his garden. Leon is preceded by his wife Dorothy, and brothers Jacob and Erwin Reese. He is survived by his brother Donald Reese, Echo; sister-in-law Darlene Fletcher, Portland; children and spouses Ryan Reese (Julie), Gleneden Beach; Sherman Reese (Stacy), Deer Park, Washington; Betsy Sharp (Daniel), Sisters; Arleta Thorne (Timothy), Pendleton; thirteen grandchildren and spouses, and seven great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at the Echo Cemetery at 1:00 pm on November 17th with Reverend Travis Larsen officiating. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements. Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.

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Dan Long
   Posted Fri November 09, 2018
Since the 1970's, the Reese family (Leon and Dorothy and son Sherman) allowed USDA-ARS to conduct field experiments on 15-30 acres of land west of Rew Elevator along Rhode Road. At 11 inches of rainfall per year and Ritzville silt loams, the location was highly representative of 1.5 M acres in eastern WA and northern OR that are in the wheat-fallow rotation. Bob Ramig used the site to investigate crop development, crop water use patterns, soil water storage, and rates and placement of N fertilizer. This work helped establish the conservation tillage practices we now see increasing in use today. More recently, the scientists were able to investigate the effect of mulch tillage on seed zone water retention and the interaction of nitrogen and water on grain yield and protein. OSU scientists were able to use the site as well. The scientists dedicated a lot of time to institutionalized education to get PhDs, but what we learned at university doesn't match the experience gained from working alongside farmers like Leon and Sherman. The scientists and staff (past and present) are grateful to Leon and Dorothy Reese for making their land available for research, and the fruitful interactions that made it a marvelous learning experience and important legacy.

John and Marilyn Ols3n
   Posted Wed November 14, 2018
Leon was alway willing to talk farming and old tractors . Always enjoyed visiting with him He be missed by all.

Ron and Norma Rickman
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
We so enjoyed both Dorothy and Leon Reese. They were great contributors to our community and a wonderful example for us to follow. They had great senses of humor, love of family, were honest and a caring couple. They will be greatly missed.

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