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Reece, Phill 1940-2012


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Date: 2/5/2024 at 16:00:06


WINTER HAVEN - Mr. Phill Reece, age 71 a resident of Winter Haven passed away Wed., July 11, 2012 due to heart failure. Mr. Reece was born Nov. 26, 1940 in New Providence, Iowa a small farming community to Lawrence Ross and Dorothy Marie (Wilson) Reece. He was a resident of Winter Haven for 32 years & retired after 27 years of service at Florida Lift Systems.

He was an automotive enthusiast who rebuilt his first engine as a boy. He later went on to become a well known stock car driver on the Iowa circuit in the 60's & 70's. He owned a salvage yard where he distributed automotive parts worldwide & built race car chassis. He told great stories with enthusiasm & dry humor. He was a "good ole boy" who enjoyed the simple things in life.... family, a western omelet at the Clock restaurant in Auburndale, a Sunday drive, Nascar, Buddy Holley, country music, E-Bay and of course, his treasured, badass cars!

His home was a museum of sorts. With his decorating skills including a 1948 Harley Davidson Hummer in the living room, Cushman scooter in the dining room and a Rupp mini bike in his office. He recently sold his 1931 Chevy hotrod, which he built from the ground up. It will be displayed in a hotel lobby in Taiwan which brought him pleasure & a great sense of accomplishment.

He felt his "bucket list" was complete & will join his already passed family & friends at the pearly gates.
He was preceded in death by his father. Phill is survived by his loving family; 3 daughters, Jody Reece of Winter Haven, Nanette (David Rice) Reece of Des Moines, IA, Rebecca (Tim) Vaughn of Green Mountain, IA; mother, Dorothy Reece of Elkland, MO.; sister, Janet (Lawrence) Price of Elkland, MO.; 5 grandchildren, Johnathon Rice & Lacy Rice of Des Moines, IA, Chassidy Christy of Cody, WY., Jenna Vaughn & Lexi Vaughn of IA, and 8 Great Grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 AM Tues., July 17, 2012 at the Kersey Funeral Home, 108 E. Lake Stella Dr., Auburndale.

Published by The Des Moines (IA) Register 15 July 2012.

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