OSWEGO — Bill W. Rea, 88, of Oswego died at 2:04 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at his home following a lengthy period of failing health.
He was born Oct. 12, 1933, at the family farm near Dennis to Frank and Dessie (Correll) Rea. He grew up in the Dennis area. He attended Dennis High School for two years and graduated from Mound Valley High School in 1951. During his high school years, he played football and basketball.
Bill worked at the Shellman Wholesale Grocery Co. in Parsons for a brief time and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1953. In 1954, he was honorably discharged because of medical issues and returned to his home area. In 1961, he began employment with the Kansas Power and Light Co. as a meter reader and later as a lineman. In 1988, he moved from Parsons to Oswego to be in charge of the Oswego district for K.P.L. He retired in 1992 with 31 years of service.
He was a member of the Oswego Christian Church and was baptized in the Galesburg Christian Church in 1997. Bill loved playing sports and played baseball on the Kansas Power and Light team. He was an excellent ice skater and he liked to bowl and hunt in earlier years. He loved the out of doors and feeding and watching birds. He was meticulous in keeping his home and yard in excellent appearance.
On May 18, 1957, Bill married Flossie DeCow at the Evangelical United Brethren Church (now United Methodist) in Dennis. She survives of the home in Oswego.
Other survivors include two sons, Brian Rea and his wife, Jane, of Oswego and Bruce Rea and his wife, JoDee, of Parsons; four grandchildren, Bryce Rea and his wife, Jessica, Clint Rea, Taylor Rea and Kenzie Rea; and a great-granddaughter, Brynlee Rea.
Bill was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Brenda Sue Rea; five brothers, Donald, Cecil, Harold, Albert and Loren Rea; and three sisters, Wilma Eck, Thelma Medsker and Myrtle Hudkins.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be at Oswego Cemetery.
Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials are suggested to the Oswego Christian Church. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.