Alan Lee Pees

August 11, 1928January 7, 2021

Alan Lee Pees, 92, of Belleville, Illinois, born August 11, 1928, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Alan proudly served his country in the United States Army, during the Korean War. He was a faithful member of Christ United Church of Christ in Belleville. He was a lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Imjin Chapter 95 and the VFW Post 1739 in Belleville. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America and was a Cubmaster and Scout leader. He was a member of the Henry Raab PTA, Central Junior High PTA, and an honorary lifetime member of the State of Illinois PTA. He retired as a Stove Mounter from Peerless-Premier Appliance and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 482. Alan also volunteered his time to the Christ UCC's food pantry. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Louisa, nee Peter, Pees; a sister, Elsie Jean Tsao, brother-in-law, Thomas Ki-Cheng Tsao; and his nephew, Michael Eli Tsao.

Surviving are his loving wife, Dixie Mae, nee Smithe, Pees, of Belleville, Illinois; his children, Jesse Alan Pees, of Evansville, Illinois, Glenna Mae (William Allen) Curtis, of Belleville, Illinois, and Joseph Henry (Rachel Stephanie) Pees, of Belleville, Illinois; his grandchildren, Isaiah Alan Curtis, Jeremiah William (Casandra) Curtis, Nathan Glenn Pees, Robert Alan Pees, and Emma Mae Marie Pees; his sister, Lois Ann Pees, of Belleville, Illinois; and many other extended family, in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the Illinois Veterans Home of Anna, 729 N. Main St., Anna, IL 62906 or to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry, 1218 W. Main St., Belleville, IL 62220. Condolences may also be expressed online at

Funeral: Due to Covid-19 mitigation, services are being held privately with Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois. Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois.


  • Dixie Mae, nee Smithe, Pees, Wife
  • Jesse Alan Pees, Son
  • Glenna Mae Curtis (William Allen), Daughter
  • Joseph Henry Pees (Rachel Stephanie), Son
  • Isaiah Alan Curtis, Grandson
  • Jeremiah William Curtis (Casandra), Grandson
  • Nathan Glenn Pees, Grandson
  • Robert Alan Pees, Grandson
  • Emma Mae Marie Pees, Granddaughter
  • Lois Ann Pees, Sister
  • Jesse Pees, Father (deceased)
  • Louisa, nee Peter, Pees, Mother (deceased)
  • Elsie Jean Tsao, Sister (deceased)
  • Thomas Ki-Cheng Tsao, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Michael Eli Tsao, Nephew (deceased)


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Leah Wiedeman

January 12, 2021

Dear Dixie, Jesse, Glenna, Joseph and family

We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Al's passing. I'm so glad that I had the chance to chat a little with him a few months ago. I will always remember him as a very kind, funny, soft spoken man. You all are in our prayers as your mourn a well loved husband and father. We're thankful for the good memories of times together.

Kathy & Dave Tiedemann

January 12, 2021

Dixie and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Alan. I am sorry we haven't gotten to see you guys in such a long time. We were always grateful for the wonderful neighbors that you both were. I have fond memories of the neighborhood and the people. Please accept our deepest sympathy and may you have wonderful memories to remember Alan.

John Smithe Sr

January 10, 2021

Alan was a Great Brother-in-law.

He always had time to talk, explain, answer questions, no matter what he was doing. Great fisherman, hunter, husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law and special friend.

He always had a story to tell. I looked forward to seeing him every time I came to town. He will be missed.

My heart hurts that he is gone. He is in Heaven.

Sending Prayers, Hugs and Love to all Family and Friends.