March 27, 1922 – Feb. 5, 2019
G. Wayne Reese, 96, 2115 Banyan Way, Sebring, Fla., and formerly of Akron, passed away at 5:07 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Sebring, Fla.
He was born on March 27, 1922, in Fulton County, to Lloyd and Donna (Collins) Reese.
On Oct. 8, 1947, in Rochester, he married Bernice E. Thompson. She survives.
Wayne was an over-the-road truck driver for 45 years, hauling farm equipment.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, and among other decorations, he was awarded two Bronze Stars. He attended the Akron Church of God for many years and was involved in bus ministry. Also more recently, he had attended the Athens Community Church. He was known for mowing many yards all over Akron. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing and wintering in Florida, which they had done for more than 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Reese, Sebring, Fla.; his sons, Orville and wife Julie Reese, Akron, and Randy and wife Roseanna Reese, Port Richey, Fla., and Akron; his daughter-in-law, Laura Reese, Akron; his foster daughters, Teresa Dosh, Albuquerque, N.M., and Barbara Oster, Seattle, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Maxine and husband Dale Fish, Rochester, and Bonnie and husband Wayne Baker, Mentone; his brother, Richard and wife Cora Jean Reese, Denver; and nine foreign exchange students.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Donna Reese; his son, Calvin Reese, in 2000; and his brothers, Gene and Maynard Reese.
His funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastors Wanda Carter and Luke Vasicek of Athens Community Church officiating. Burial will be at the Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rochester, with graveside military rites performed by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.
Donations may be made to the donor’s choice of charity in Wayne’s memory. Family and friends may share a memory or send an online condolence at