Eugene Reece

May 29, 1943February 24, 2018

Eugene Reece 74, went to heaven a shouting on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 with his loving wife by his side in their home in Wayne County. He was born on May 29th, 1943, in the area of Heidelburg in Lee County, Kentucky to the late Fred Sr. and Della Mays Reece. Eugene joined the US Navy in 1960 having served one year and was honorably discharged. He received a GED in 1983. He married the former Barbara Lee Case on the Reece Family Farm in Wayne County IN on April 21st, 1962 with Rev. Irvin Steel officiating.. They shared over 56 years together as a couple.

He had worked hard all of his life and was an extremely hardworking man. Eugene was employed by D&M until it's closing. He was a master carpenter and had built several homes in this area, and in Louisiana and Pennsylvania operating as Gene Reece & Son Contractors. He loved the outdoors and was an avid woodcutter, cutting wood to sell and to heat their home. He gathered black walnuts for his wife to fix homemade fudge . He loved to spend time with his family and friends. If you knew Eugene and he was your friend you had a friend for life. His prized possessions in this life called him “Pa"; Joshua, Rachel, Bailee, and Kaiydence made life worth bragging about!

When Eugene dedicated his life to the LORD, he loved the LORD and going to church became a way of life. He was a member of the Full Gospel Holiness Church and visited other area churches. Due to his love to sing he was involved in area nursing homes singing with the Full Gospel Singers. When the group would sing “ I'll Fly Away!” he often quoted Psalm 90:10 KJV The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Studying the Bible and also being a daily prayer warrior was a “Must”. He alongside his wife was a Sunday School teacher. His heart was dedicated to sharing the Gospel with children and was a generous giver to furthering the Gospel.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their only child: Walter Eugene and daughter in law Judy Reece; Grandson: Joshua Reece of Nashville TN. Great-grandchildren : Bailee and Kaiydence; his siblings Virginia Day Ables, Loreda (Hargis Jr.) Oliver, Juanita Jones, Anida (Larry) Fox, Zendell (Patty) Reece all of Connersville; Wayne (Sandy) Reece of Phoenix AZ; Brothers and Sister-in-law’s Barbara Alice Reece, Mayfrey Reece, Kay Brandenburg, Georgia Steele, Juanita (Jim) Huller, Laura Faye Case, Patty (Finley) Steele and Joseph Harvey.; their fur baby: Sam Reece; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grand-daughter Rachel Woodam, brothers: Fred Jr., Charles, and Earl Reece , William Earl Brandenburg , and sister Mildred Onstott Sizemore , brother in laws : Charles Onstott, Estil Sizemore, James Case, Paul Jones, Roy Ables, Virgil Steele and sister-in-laws Betsy Reece and Linda Harvey.

Pastor Jeff Hensley of The Full Gospel Holiness, 1109 West 10th Street, Connersville, will be officiating his GOING Home celebration at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Interment will follow in Lick Creek Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Full Gospel Holiness Church Youth. Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, is in charge of the arrangements. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to


  • Interment Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Going Home Celebration Thursday, March 1, 2018

Eugene Reece

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Suz Lunsford

February 28, 2018

Loved u dearly ... will never forget your wet willies to the ears !!!
Your race is run .
I love u ,
Your favorite niece ❤️

Kathy Holbert

February 26, 2018

My Sympathy to your family! Josh and Judy, I am thinking of you.

Belinda Neukam

February 26, 2018

I have known Barbara for longtime, but Eugene was always working back when I got to know Barbara. She was always so proud of him and how hard he worked and took care of their little family. I know that they have been together basically their whole adult lives.
My heart goes out to Barbara Walter and his family. May our Dear Lord keep Barbara and the family close in his embrace as they learn to cope with the departing of their loved one.

Jeremy Eldridge

February 26, 2018

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Eugene was one of the nicest tax clients we've ever had the pleasure to serve. I am sure he will be missed.

February 25, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to you & your family. The Family of Ed James

Charles Oliver

February 25, 2018

Our Deepest Sympathy for your loss and We know he is in a better place just waiting on us to get there!!! Love Charlie & Teresa Oliver

Deea Corum

February 25, 2018

Dear Barb - you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Deea

February 25, 2018

Our deepest sympathy for your loss, Anna & Tom Stubblefield