Obituary, George B. Ree

George B. Ree 12-4-1929 ~ 2-19-2014 George B. Ree, born December 4, 1929, died after a short illness on February 19, 2014. Born to the late Howard Nugent and Bonnye B. Harp in Miami, Florida, he moved west as a child and graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed, among other places, in West Germany during the Korean War. In 1955, while attending Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, he made the time to marry the love of his life, Dorothy A. Rose, to whom he was married for 51 years, 8 and one- half months before her death in 2006. After graduating from college in 1957 with a BA degree in education, he and Dorothy taught school in many small rural areas in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. In 1972, they moved to Walsenburg where they remained until 1990. They left for a short time to care for his father-in-law, returning in 1994 to Walsenburg where he resided until his death. “Ben” was an active participant in the Friends of the Library and served the Mining Museum as a member and docent for many years. He truly enjoyed his many friends at the Mining Museum. He also enjoyed dressing as the “old gambler” on historical occasions and portraying Colonel John Francisco during the Francisco Fort Days celebration in La Veta. He enjoyed life and his many friends. He is survived by his sister, Marti Carpenter, of Florida; nieces Debbie, Britton and Kristine Niles; nephews David, Daniel, Max, Tiago, Nathan and Tannin Niles, Magnus Fjellheim and Linc Murphy; cousin Charlene; special friends John Carlson, Tom Romero, Carolyn Newman and all the members of the FOL and the Mining Museum; and the Bull-Berg, Loftus and Bjorndal families in Norway. A memorial service will be planned in the future.