Elmer Jacob Reese
May 24, 1919 – October 15, 2010
Elmer Reese, 91, died October 15, 2010 in Houston, Texas.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 22 at 1:00 PM at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church in Spring, Texas. Graveside services and burial will be in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale, Florida. Arrangements are being handled by Calvary Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery in Humble, Texas.
Mr. Reese was born May 24, 1919 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania to Mary and Benjamin Reese. He graduated from high school in 1937 and served during World War II in the United States Army. On January 14, 1941, prior to joining the Army, he discovered a comet which today bears his name. For his discovery, Mr. Reese was awarded a medal from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
After the war he moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an astronomer at New Mexico State University where he was a noted authority on the planet Jupiter.
In 1974 he met and married the love of his life, Margaret S. Hedges. His family wrote: “Elmer loved all elements of the natural world. He loved astronomy, photography, and was a gifted amateur naturalist. He was a quiet, sweet and gentle man who deeply loved his family. He will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him.”
Mr. Reese is survived by his sister, Marian Matthews of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, his two nieces, Carol Lee Matthews of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and Mary Lynn Matthews of Sarasota, Florida, and 6 step children, 15 grand children and 25 great grand children.
- Rosary Thursday, October 21, 2010
- Funeral Mass Friday, October 22, 2010
- Graveside Service Friday, October 29, 2010
Elmer Jacob Reese
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Carol Lee Matthews
October 31, 2010
Dear Uncle Elmer, because of your great Love for the stars....I too had a great Love for them and living with you in NM., I got to see all of the Planets and the Moon through your telescope, it was such a thrill for me, I was only about 9 at the time, but that is a time in my life that I will NEVER forget. We went on picnics through The City of Rocks and to The White Sands Missile Range to Elephant Buete, to the Carlesbad Caverns and for many, many rides on Sunday afternoon....I LOVE YOU with ALL OF MY HEART and I truly am glad that you had such a LOVING family with Ken and Emily and the extended family and all of the grand children...and I am Blessed to know that know you are in Heaven with the Love of your Life, Margaret.......The Angels were rejoycing when you came. Carol Lee Matthews (Uniontown, Pa)
October 26, 2010
"Dear Uncle Elmer, You inspired my fascination of the stars by allowing me to peep through your telescope on warm summer evenings long, long ago. And I'm sure my love of the land came from watching you as you happily devoted time to your garden and the beautifying of our woods. You even taught me the right way to eat a grapefruit. I am so glad to know you were in the hands of a loving family during the last years of your life. And I know you will be at your happiest when you find your Margaret again. You will never be forgotten."
October 24, 2010
ELMER, MY GOOD FRIEND. I WILL MISS YOU. KEN OATES
October 24, 2010
ELMER, WONDERFUL HUSBAND TO MY MOTHER, FUN GRANDFATHER, WONDERFUL LOVING GREAT GRANDFATHER, WE LOVE YOU, THANK YOU, AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED EMILY
October 20, 2010
You will be sadly missed, We all were so lucky to have you in our lives. We love you always.
Brian & Laurie Neeley