Donald Reese

Return to Obituaries


July 22, 2010

Leave a message of condolence


Monday, July 26th from 6-8 p.m. Prayer Service 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. St. Paul Catholic Church

Donald R. Reese, age 72, of Westerville, OH, died on Friday, July 23, 2010. Born in Youngstown Ohio on July 27, 1937. A beloved husband, father and grandfather. Don served proudly as a Navy Aviator Pilot from 1960-1966 serving on the USS Essex. He went on to have a distinguished career as a special agent for the FBI in New York, Tenessee and Ohio until he retired in 1994. Member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church since 1978. Preceded in death by his father, Regis and brother, Dennis. Survived by his wife of 42 years, Deanna, Mother, Helen; sons, Matthew (Tomoko) of Arlington, VA and Michael (Elizabeth) of Atlanta, GA; granddaughter, Amanda Katherine; brothers, Jack and Jim of Youngstown, OH and Bill of VA; sister Maureen of Youngstown, OH. Friends may visit Monday, July 26th from 6-8 p.m. at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, July 27th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church 313 North State Street, Westerville. Father David Gwinner celebrant. Interment Blendon Central Cemetery. Condolences at Donations may given to the Wounded Warrior Project at


Rowlett ("Moose") Bruce - Aug 13, 2010

My deepest condolences to you. I served with Don in VS-39 on the USS ESSEX CVS-9 from 1962-1965. He was a good friend, an outstanding Naval Officer and a real gentleman. What a wonderful career (FBI) he had after active duty. As so often happens when Navy careers end, we lose track of each other and that is sad. What a hero he was! Respectfully, “Moose” Bruce, Commander USN (Ret)

John Butterfield - Aug 12, 2010

I had the pleasure of flying with Don Reese when we were stationed at Quonset Pt, RI, VS-39. We flew the S2F off the carrier USS ESSEX and from our home base. I once flew with Don on a training flight and we landed at Youngstown, and I had a chance to meet some of his family. Don was a very good pilot, a fine officer, and was admired/respected by All Hands in the squadron. I left him a message of few months ago when I heard he was ill. Don was a God-fearing man with a wonderful spirit, and I am sure he was a superb witness for his faith right to the end. Deepest condolences and we all shall cherish grand memories of a truly great guy! John Butterfield

Mike Phipps - Jul 29, 2010

Deanna and Family:
My sincere condolences and sympathy. I was fortunate to serve with Don for several years in the Steubenville RA. We all knew Don to be a loving husband and father, and a most capable and hard working agent. I grieve for you and with you as my wife of 48 years just passed away on June 20. I so remember Don’s famous “back flip”. I believe the first time we witnessed the flip we were talking fitness. Suddenly, the pockets were being emptied, and, the flip! From that day forward, we all knew when the keys came out, we were in for a treat. God bless.

Lewis Kelly - Jul 26, 2010

Condolences and prayers for Don, Deanna and Family.
Don served in the Utica, NY Resident Agency for several years during the 1970s and was a good Agent, was well liked, respected and was missed upon departure. Lew Kelly (former SRA, Utica)

Denise Vernon - Jul 26, 2010

Deanna, My heart goes out to you and your family. Christi’s been nice enough to keep me updated on you. I’m so sorry about Don. I always loved hearing you talk about the both of you, I always pictured you and Don as such a cute couple. I wished I would have met him. My sincere sympathies. Denise

Mark Chidichimo - Jul 25, 2010

Hi, Deanna, Matt and Mike.
Dave Schroeder e-mailed me about Don (I’m down in the Caribbean working TDY for a bank in Trinidad.) I’m so sorry! Don was one of my favorite people in the Columbus Office, and I have nothing but the best memories of our times together (we had some hilarious adventures chasing bank robbers and fugitives!) Not only was Don a very good agent, he was an exceptional, moral individual I held in the highest regard. It’s hard to believe I’ve been gone from Westerville for over 20 years! I called Julie and told her, and we both pass on our deepest condolences.
Mark and Julie Chidichimo

Return to Obituaries