Cover photo for Charles "Sam" Rees's Obituary
Charles "Sam" Rees Profile Photo
1957 Charles 2023

Charles "Sam" Rees

November 25, 1957 — April 30, 2023


Charles “Sam” Rees, 65, of Goodland, passed away April 30, 2023 in Lafayette with his sister, Louann by his side.  Sam was born November 25, 1957 in Watseka, IL to, the late, Russell “Red” and Virginia (Honn) Rees of Goodland.

Sam graduated from Carroll County High School in Flora, IN residing with his sister and brother in-law, Patty & Dick Elbert in 1975.  He continued his education at Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis where he got his degree in auto mechanics.  He had several maintenance jobs that would close and move away.  His last job, retiring from the Town of Goodland after 13 years where he was Water Works Superintendent.  He made the remark “They won’t move to Mexico”. Sam never knew a stranger.  He enjoyed boating on Lake Shafer, darts with many friends, stock car racing, NASCAR, wrestling and old Western TV shows.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Mary Louise Henderson Praeger, MaDonna Lynn (Rees) DeBusk-Harris, brothers-in-law, Dick Elbert and Paul Praeger.

Sam is survived by sons, Jacob R. Rees of Momence, IL, sisters, Louann (Tim) Wetli of Fowler, Patty Elbert of Dayton, IN, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A special thanks to Terra Richard and Cindy Thaxton for their love and support of Sam during the last stages of his illness, his sister Louann Wetli was there for him day and night as his guardian angel caring for him endlessly.  Also, a special thanks to Holscher Products of Fowler for letting her miss so much time for all of his needs and medical appointments.

A memorial visitation will be held 11am-1pm (CST) Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the funeral home. The family asks that you dress casually and join them after at the Goodland Community Center for refreshments. There will be a private memorial service at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Gerts, Windler & Keller Funeral Homes ~ Goodland Chapel, 119 W. Union St., Goodland, IN  47948.  (219) 297-3583.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Charles "Sam" Rees, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Gathering

Saturday, May 13, 2023

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Gerts, Windler & Keller Funeral Homes and Cremation Services

119 West Union Street, Goodland, IN 47948

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 6

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree