Larry Dean Rea
Larry Dean Rea, born and raised in Rainier, Oregon, passed away unexpectedly in his Gresham home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. He was preceded in
death by parents Ed and Myrtle (Zimmerman) Rea and wife Margo Ann (Hudkins) Rea. He is survived by sons, Chris and Tim, grandson Cole, granddaughter Ashley and
great granddaughter Chloe.
Larry attend Oregon State University and later graduated with a master's in science education from Portland State University. At Oregon
State, he enrolled in ROTC and trained to become a pilot
in the US Air Force. He flew for NW Airlines before
joining the Oregon Air National Guard to fly the F101,
F102 and F4. He also crewed on Portland's C131 and
became their flight instructor, flight evaluator and Chief
of Safety Officer.
Larry was a reader, a writer, a photographer, a
naturalist and a historian with a strong interest in
genealogy. He was Master of the Oregon State Grange,
served as chairman of the board of the Malheur Field
Station, and was involved with the Oregon State Master
Naturalist program. He never lost his love of the woods
and at the time of his death he and his son Chris were
restoring matching Rubicon Jeeps and taking them on
camping trips. You can find his stories and photos on his
Larry was generous with his time and his knowledge
and will be missed by family and friends alike.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11:30
am, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the Methodist
Church in Rainier, Oregon. A light lunch will be served
following the service.