Carolyn Loree Reese

August 22, 1938February 10, 2019

Carolyn Loree Reese, 80, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W First St). The funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the funeral home with burial to follow at Oralabor Cemetery.

She was born August 22, 1938, in Leon, Iowa to Harry and Laurel (Loving) Johnson. She grew up in Garden Grove then moved to and graduated from Shenandoah High School. She Met “Mel” in 1965 and the couple was married in 1970, they were blessed with one daughter Deb Stott Wiley. The couple remained in Ankeny to work for John Deere. Carolyn retired from John Deere in 1991 after 30 years of service, following retirement she returned to work for John Deere in the gift shop for over 20 more years.

Carolyn will be remembered for her “go getter” attitude, full of energy and unconditional love. She had a love for all kinds of animals, and was notorious for feeding the neighborhood raccoons, squirrels, cats, and birds. Carolyn will be remembered by those who knew her for her determination, and her famous saying “It’s a need to know situation, and I’ll let you know when you need to know” approach. Carolyn and Mel had a beautiful love story that will be remembered by all who knew them.

Carolyn was preceded in death by Harry (Pop) and Laurel (Big Mom) Johnson.Carolyn is survived by her husband; Melvin, daughter; Deb.

Online condolences and thoughtful memories can be shared on Carolyn’s page at


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Peggy Welter

February 13, 2019

I knew about Carolyn before I moved into the accounting department at the John Deere Des Moines Works in 1989, but I got to know her better as we worked together and occasionally would go out to eat after work. After I retired and went back to work with her in the John Deere store I REALLY got to know her! She was a sharp little lady that you did not want to cross! She knew her business and you better not get in her way. At the same time she was always looking for ways to take care of 'her' store and 'her' people. And don't you dare say a negative word about any four legged creature or any winged creature either! Carolyn, how many animals have you fed in your life?

What a sweetheart!
Mel and Deb,
There are no words to express the depth of sadness and the sense of loss her passing brings you. Please know that I share your sorrow. She was one special lady!

Paul Thilges

February 13, 2019

Carolyn did a good job of covering her warm and caring heart with a no-nonsense exterior. She had firm opinions and could easily articulate them as needed to whoever needed this information. This was always done with the goal of making the situation or process better. I remember working with Carolyn when the John Deere store had to make a computer and software update because the old software was being turned off. We initially had problems getting the on-site computer tech group to support the required hardware and software changes because they didn't want to spend any money or time on the project. But with Carolyn's persistence, they realized resistance was futile and helped make the project successful. Carolyn was a good role model to me on how to keep working to achieve your goals.

Jim Kerr

February 13, 2019

Carolyn was a very nice person. Always helpful in so many ways. Our thought are with Mel and Deb.

Lynda Shields

February 13, 2019

Carolyn was a lovely lady, Co-Worker, and my lunch buddy for many years until her retirement from John Deere. She was our go-to-girl for questions in Accounting. RIP Carolyn. I will miss you and your loving smile my Friend.

Cindee Beattie

February 13, 2019

I worked with Carolyn at John Deere. She was a hoot always said what was on her mind. You knew she cared about her job and the people she worked with. Mel, you and Debbie our in my thoughts.

Kodi Grogan

February 11, 2019

I have so many memories with Carolyn and Mel. One of my wedding! Mel and Carolyn went to Las Vegas to attend my special day. I always said they are two of my favorite people!
I loved how Carolyn didn’t have a Poker face, you always knew what she was feeling and was never scared to let you know. I have so much love and respect in my heart for Carolyn Loree :)
Love, Kodi