Hamilton – Verlin Howard Rees, 75, of Hamilton, died of natural causes on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Marcus Daly Hospice.
Verlin was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Bonner to Robert and Emma Rees.
He attended Bonner Grade School. He was in the National Guard at Fort Ord, CA, from 1960 to 1967.
Verlin married Sharon Pamin on May 6, 1960. He was a specialist in the National Guard and worked as a headrig sawyer in Montana and Idaho until he retired.
Verlin enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and tying fishing flies.
He was preceded in death by his parents; uncle Ky; brothers-in-law Carl Jordon, Art Pamin and Jim Dorndorf. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon, of Hamilton; daughter Valerie (Bill) Jones of Hamilton; son Valance (Ruth) Rees of Missoula; daughter Heather (Howard) Applegate of Hamilton; Shay Rees of Victor; sister Nancy Jordon of Missoula; brother Robert (Maxine) Rees of Potomac; grandchildren Jessica (Mark) Weaver of Hamilton, Colby (Stacy) Jones of Hamilton, Kylend, Kenya, Kayden and Keana Rees of Missoula, Zachary (Jillian) Applegate of Hamilton; great-grandchildren, Beau, Becky, Pamela, Kale, Alexander and Darius; and numerous extended family members.
Visitation was Monday, July 22 at Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. Services were Tuesday, July 23 at Whitesitt Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Whitney officiating. Burial was at Sunnyside Cemetery in Stevensville with a reception following at First Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were Kylend Rees, Mark Weaver, Levi McConnell, Michael Dickson, Manny Alvarez and Kyle Houck.
In lieu of flowers a fund has been set up at Wells Fargo for the treatment of MDS.
Special thanks to the staff at Montana Heart Institute, Marcus Daly Hospice and Western Montana Cancer Center.
Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.