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John William Reese

John William Reese passed away Nov. 16, 2006. John had been a resident of the Colorado Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle for the last seven years. John was born Aug. 17, 1919, in Milton-Freewater, Ore., the younger of twins. John was raised in Milton-Freewater, graduating from McLoughlin High School. He received his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene.He joined the Masons in Eugene, becoming more active in the Portland, Ore., lodge. John owned and operated his own architectural practice in Portland for more than a decade. He was a member of the American Institute of Architecture and was noted for his innovative designs of a number of public and private structures. In 1964, he moved east to join the Federal Hill Burton program, part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Two years later, he became chief of the Hill Burton Architectural Branch, with overall technical responsibility for architectural aspects of medical facilities designed throughout the United States. In addition to his responsibilities within the Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Facilities Conversion and Utilization, John wrote and taught the principles of innovative architectural design. He worked for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and Continuing Educational Series of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 1989, John and his wife Peggy moved from Gaithersburg, Md., to Meeker, where John continued to practice architecture until he was incapacitated by a stroke in 1995.John is survived by his wife; sons Ronald William of Clackamas, Ore., and Thomas Chester, of San Diego; daughter Loretta Lucille King of Riverton, Utah; and six grandchildren.John was preceded in death by his older brothers, Sydney Bruce and Thomas Corvasa (Bill); his younger sister, Kathryn; and his oldest son, John Robert (Butch).John will be cremated with his ashes spread on the Oregon Coast in a family ceremony at a future date.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO


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