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David Reese 01/25/2022

David William Reese, age 79 of River Falls, WI, died unexpectedly of heart failure in his sleep at home on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. The son of William and Genevieve Reese, he grew up in New Richmond, WI.
David was a leader throughout his life starting as class president of the New Richmond High School class of 1960. He went on to serve in the US Army as an intelligence officer stationed on a merchant marine ship off the coast of Africa tracking soviet spacecraft. After his service he attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and majored in accounting and business. He met his wife Susan while in college and they married in 1969. Together they raised their three boys in River Falls.
He had a successful career working at NCS for 10 years and for the Minneapolis law firm of Meshbesher and Spence for 27 years as a Legal Administrator. He continued to stay busy through his retirement. David was elected to the River Falls City Council and served as the president of the River Falls Golf Club. He was proud to be part of the American Legion honor guard. David managed the Jimmy Robinson duck hunting lodge in Manitoba during the fall where the guides and other hunters thought of him as a living legend for his accuracy, once hitting six ducks in one shot.
David was known for his dry sense of humor and for usually leaving with most of the winnings after a round of golf. He always lived life his way and had many friends. He loved golfing in the summer and hunting in the fall through his final years.
David was preceded in death by his parents William and Genevieve and his brother Daniel. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Susan (Richardson), sons Peter, Charles (Mary) and Andrew, grandchildren Madeline and Harvey, Tom, Jack and Joe, brothers Bill and Kim Reese.

A service with military honors was held on April 30th, 2022 at 11am at the River Falls American Legion, 701 N Main St, River Falls, WI. Memorials will benefit the American Legion and River Falls parks.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Jean Morrow Posted January 25, 2022 10:58 am

    This so breaks my heart!!💔 condolences, prayers and hugs to Susan and the boys!🙏💔😢

  • Joel Pederson Posted January 25, 2022 12:10 pm

    Very sorry to hear of David’s passing. We grew up in the same neighborhood in New Richmond. I knew the whole Reese family. I was able to keep in touch with Dave over the years because of golf. As you know he loved golf & was very good at it. I will certainly miss seeing Dave both @ New Richmond & River Falls golf courses. RIP Dave

  • Patricia La Rue Posted January 27, 2022 12:09 pm

    My heart just hurts for Susan and her family. David was very involved in the community. The City of River Falls is a better place because of him.

  • Cathy Caliva Posted January 27, 2022 4:08 pm

    We are so sorry to hear this. Our deepest condolences and prayers to the family.

  • Craig Pechacek Posted January 27, 2022 8:43 pm

    So sorry to hear the news, you will be missed on the golf course my friend.

  • Stuart C Wade, Jr. Posted January 28, 2022 6:35 am

    Very sad to learn of Dave’s passing, I met him through the Duck Camp & save for 2020 saw him every October in Manitoba for the past several years. A good man, I’ll miss him

  • Pat Brooks Posted January 28, 2022 6:48 am

    Met Dave at Jimmy Robinson’s lodge, and we immediately hit it off. Loved to laugh with you, and hunt with you! I’ll never forget our friendship. May you Rest In Peace.

  • Joe Kmiech Posted January 28, 2022 8:14 am

    My condolences to all of you on the loss of David. I only met him a couple of times via Peter, whom I work with. David helped me transition to the Legion here in town when I moved here five years ago. Such a great man and could definitely tell a good story.

  • Martin Lavallee Posted January 28, 2022 10:13 am

    I guided at jimmy’s new David very well..I’m saddened to here of his passing.. Dave & I were out hunting this one time he brought His dog Kinney.. David shot a nice big green head he was giving command to Kinney get the duck get the duck.. Kinney slowly wonders to the edge of the water stick his paw in the water quickly pulls his paw naw I’m not going there.. David just stood there and stared at Kinney .. Kinney just curled up & went back to sleep.. that was priceless.. lots of stories about David & Kinney… miss you Buddy

  • Kathy and Swede Svoboda Posted January 28, 2022 12:48 pm

    Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Keeping Sue and their boys in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for your service. Rest in peace.

  • Cathy Allard Posted January 28, 2022 3:22 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing! Please accept our Deepest Condolences and Sympathies! He will be truly missed by all who knew him in St Ambroise Manitoba! It was always a great pleasure to see him arrive for Duck season! RIP David❤🙏🙏

  • Jack Smith Posted January 28, 2022 4:32 pm

    Sending prayers to Aunt Susan, Cousin Peter and the entire Reese and Richardson families. 6 ducks in one shot? I would have thought Dave to be good for at least 7 but no surprise here in Key West. Thank you for your service Dave. You made the world a safer and a better place

  • Ken Obermueller Posted January 30, 2022 10:34 am

    To Susan and the 3 boys and family of David “Cat” Reese. I will miss this great friend, from the bottom of my heart. He was the greatest golf partner ever and the funniest sense of humor from any guy I ever knew! He won the Iron Man contest at a bar and restaurant in Scottsdale years ago, that had everyone in the place, roaring with laughter. Just one of many super times with the Cat! Enjoyed your friendship and will miss you David. You lived your life the way you always wanted, and I’ll always admire and remember that about you! God Bless

  • Maureen Paulson Posted January 31, 2022 8:14 pm

    To Susan & family, I am saddened by the news that just reached me today in Florida. There are no words just prayers. I’ll definitely see you in April.

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