Michael Anthony Rees
Michael Anthony Rees, known to friends as “Mike”, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2018 at the age of 70 years.
Mike was born February 4, 1948 in Rochester, New York to Frank and Bette Rees. Shortly after, the family moved to Texas and lived in Kerrville, Corpus Christi and Houston before settling in Oklahoma City where Mike graduated from Bishop McGuiness High School. In 1972, he earned his Associate in Business from St. Gregory’s College and in 1986, his Bachelor of Science from the University of the State of New York.
Mike joined the U.S. Army in 1969 and was stationed in Oklahoma, Texas, Washington D.C., Alaska, and South Korea. He was a Military Policeman, Sentry Dog Handler and CID agent and served in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. After retiring in 1991 as Army First Sergeant, Mike settled in Houston with his children. In the 18 years following, he worked as a loss prevention manager for Tandy Corp and an investigator and trainer for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
Mike loved and served his community and church, St. John of the Cross in New Caney, Texas. He devoted his time and energy to the food pantry and the Knights of Columbus, and served as a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister to the sick and homebound, and as an Acolyte. For many years, Mike also served as the CID Agents Association treasurer.
Mike is survived by his children, daughter Chisun Rees Messick and son Michael Rees Jr., uncle John Rees, brother Frank Rees Jr., sister Mary Ellen Nutter, brother-in-law Terry Nutter, niece Michelle Clark, nephews, Christopher Rees and Lee Nutter, girlfriend Debbie Vestal, former wife Jeong Mi Rees, son-in-law Adam Messick, and granddaughter-to-be Leila Mar Messick. Michael was proceeded in death by his sister Elizabeth Rees (1945), father Frank Rees (2007), mother Bette Rees (2008), aunt Helen McLaughlin (2016) and sister-in-law Joanie Rees (2017).
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 17, 2018, at 1pm at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in New Caney, Texas, with Pastor Father Hai officiating. A rosary will be held prior to the service at 12:30pm.
In lieu of gifts, the family has requested donations be made in memory of Mike to the Kidney Cancer Association or any Veterans Service Organization.