Charles "Sam" Rees

November 25, 1957 ~ April 30, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old

Charles Rees Obituary

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.

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Memorial Gathering
May 13, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Gerts, Windler & Keller Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
119 W. Union Street
Goodland, IN 47948


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