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David R. Rea

March 10, 1936 ~ July 24, 2022 (age 86)


DAVID R. REA, 86, of West City passed away Sunday evening, July 24, 2022 at his home.

He was born in Benton, IL on March 10, 1936, the son of Verbal and Annabelle (Brookshire) Rea.

He married Carole Jean (Taylor) on September 4, 1954.

Mr. Rea was an active member of North Benton Church.  Mr. Rea had served as Acting Mayor of West City, and served for numerous years on the West City Village Board, the Franklin County Board, the 911 Board, Crosswalk, and for 2 terms on the Benton High School Board and the Benton Grade School Board.  Mr. Rea was active in and cared deeply for his community.

Mr. Rea is survived by his:

Wife: Carole Jean Rea of West City

Daughter: Diana Ing and husband Keith of Benton

Daughter-in-law: Marsha Rea of Whittington

Grandchildren: Marci Hood and husband Greg of Coello

                            Whitney Winstead of Benton

                            Eric Zinzilieta and wife Angie of Aviston

                            Hayle Smith and husband Cory of Benton

GreatGrandchildren: Bentley, Blakley, Bristol, Sawyer and Harper

Sister: Marilyn Dirden of Forysth, MO

Several Nieces and Nephews

Mr. Rea was preceded in death by his Parents, by a Son-David L. “Monty” Rea, and by a Brother-James L. Rea.

Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, July 28th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastors Eric Ruhe and Mark Minor officiating.  Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the North Benton Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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July 27, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
July 28, 2022

10:00 AM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Final Resting Place

Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, IL 62812


North Benton Baptist Church
623 Joplin Street, Benton IL 62812
Tel: 1-618-438-6073

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