May 28, 1952 ~ December 18, 2021
On Saturday, December 18, 2021, David Allen Rea, age 69, passed away peacefully at his home in China Grove, Texas after several years of health struggles. David was born May 28, 1952, in Amarillo to Claude Elmer Rea Jr., and Elvira Merle (Henry) Rea.
David was raised on a farm in Canyon, Texas, from a young age. After he graduated from high school, he joined the United States Air Force, where he proudly served 26 years, retiring as a CMSgt. He completed all the professional military education and was assigned to several headquarters’ positions during his career. His AF assignments included Osan AB, Korea; Little Rock AFB, AR; Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ; Langley AFB, VA, Eielson AFB, AK; Anchorage AFB, AK; Keesler AFB, MS and his last assignment was Brooks AFB, TX, where he held the position of Chief Enlisted Manager Medical Material.
Upon retirement, he acquired a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He served as a panel chairman on the Appraisal Review Board in Bexar County for 6 years.
He met his loving wife, Ruth at Eielson AFB, AK. The two shared a union of almost 37 years of marriage and chose not to have children as two full-time military members. However, they created many wonderful memories that will be cherished forever. Fortunately, David and Ruth transferred concurrently from one location to another.
In David’s spare time, he and his wife enjoyed gardening and spending time on their few acres in China Grove, TX.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Delbert and Danny. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Ellen Rea, brother: Darrell (June); sister: Gayle, and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and numerous other close neighbors and friends.
The family is more than grateful to the outstanding medical staff at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), especially Dr. Bevans and the great support from the Veteran’s Administration (VA).
Memorial or charitable donations may be made to the USO (United Service Organizations), the Animal Defense League of Texas, or a charity of your choice.
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