Description: This is the final itinerary for the
Patriot Guard Riders
Mission to Honor
JANUARY 13, 2018

Born: AUGUST 30, 1922
Died: JANUARY 5, 2018

His family has requested that the PGR be present at his services. The Mission is a 'go' and all contacts have been made.

Robert "Bob" Allen Reese, Sr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 30, 1922, to Joseph and Ethel Reese, and passed away January 5, 2018. Bob graduated from high school there, and entered Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania in 1941, participating in the ROTC program.

Bob convinced his parents to allow him to sign up for the Army Air Corps. He entered service on Jan 25, 1943, trained as a P-47 fighter pilot, and was placed in active service February 8, 1944. In June of 1944 1st Lt. Reese departed for England and France, assigned to the 10th Fighter Squadron, 50th Fighter Group based near Carenton, France, about 8 miles south of Utah Beach. The missions he flew were primarily low altitude in support of General George Patton’s 3rd Army and General Alexander Patch’s 7th Army in France and Germany, providing air support for the ground troops including destroying enemy trains, bridges, air fields, and other strategic targets. The last of Lt. Reese’s 109 missions was flown on April 12, 1945. His mechanic told him that they replaced 17 wings, 3 tails, and 2 engines on his P-47 “Jug” due to combat damage. He is credited with destroying one German ME-109 in a dogfight, damaging another, and destroying a third that was taking off from an airfield. Lt. Reese earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission on February 25, 1945 for courage and determination involving severely damaging a key enemy supply line bridge despite his plane being badly damaged by flak. Lt. Reese also received the Air Medal with 15 oak clusters. His unit received the Presidential Unit Citation. He was honorably discharged September 6, 1945.

On July 4, 2016 on the deck of the Battleship Texas, Lt. Reese was presented France’s medal of Knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor in recognition of his part in liberating France during World War II.

On May 8, 1948, Bob married Mary Jo (Joey) Cleeland, and they had three children - Bob Jr., Andy, and Dorie. Bob went into sales and sales management for most of his career until retiring in 1993 to Martin’s Mill south of Canton.

In 1965, Joey came to know Christ as her Savior and this began an influence on Bob that eventually led him to the Lord as well. Bob was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church, Canton Lions Club, and the Republican Club of Van Zandt County for many years.

Bob Reese was preceded by his wife Joey of nearly 67 years; his parents, and brothers, Jay Rodney Reese and Joseph Reese Jr.

Bob is survived by his sons Bob, Jr. and wife Connie Reese of Canton, Andy and wife Lori Reese of Martins Mill, and his daughter Dorie and husband Jeff Hilliard of Canton, 12 grandchildren, their 8 spouses, and 15 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Nina Reese of Dallas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob Reese Sr. will be missed by so many, but his memory will remain strong and endure for generations. Memorial donations may be made to the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial, at 1200 S Trade Days Blvd # 600, Canton, TX 75103 where the family sponsors the US Flags that fly over the memorial.

Services: 3:00 p.m, January 13, 2018, at Lakeside Baptist Church, 1291 Old Kaufman Road, Canton,Texas 75103.

Staging: Lakeside Baptist Church, 1291 Old Kaufman Road, Canton, Texas, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a riders meeting at 1:45 p.m.


Please remain flexible as to the requirements of the mission (SEMPER GUMBY).

Map link staging area: https://goo.gl/va2iny

Ride Captain: Biker Bruce Lowe
Phone: 214-478-6966
Email Address: BikerBruce@att.net

Flag Captain: Jesse Bean
Phone: 214-289-1515
Email Address: eagle3kme@wildblue.net

Weather Report: high will be close to 44 so please hydrate often, including the night before.

ALL GROUPS, CLUBS, INDEPENDENTS, ETC. ARE WELCOME. The only prerequisite is RESPECT. Also remember, you do not have to ride a motorcycle to join in. The flag line is open to all who wish to participate.

Stand tall and silent as you honor this fallen veteran and his family. Please ride/drive safely and defensively. And thanks again for your participation. ETPGR

It is strongly encouraged that everyone should go to the Patriot Guard’s national web site www.patriotguard.org mission thread and post a brief message of condolence/sympathy to the family on the loss of their loved one. It's been mentioned more than once that those kind words brought great comfort to a Spouse, Mother, Father, and family. Thank You.

You can visit the East Texas Patriot Guard Riders official website at: www.etpgr.com
Join the ETPGR Facebook group go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116603381747755/
Join the ETPGR Yahoo group go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ET_PGR
Location: CANTON
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 1:00pm EST
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:10pm GMT
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