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MORTON ~ Richard James “Rick” Reese, 47, of Morton, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Room in Peoria.  He was formerly of Mackinaw.

He was born October 2, 1970 in Peoria to Richard Alan and Dory Jo (Heaton) Reese.

Surviving are one daughter, Ashley Reese Phelps of Pekin; his father, Rick Reese of Pekin; his mother and step-father, Dory and Dennis Crawford of Englewood, Florida; grandmother, Joann Devore of Mackinaw; and girlfriend, Kayleigh Lindsey of Morton.

He was a 1989 graduate of Dee-Mack High School in Mackinaw.

Rick had worked at Buddies Restaurant and Bar in Deer Creek.  Previously, he was in the catering business.  He was known for being a great cook.  He also enjoyed traveling.

There will be a gathering celebrating Rick’s life at Buddies Restaurant and Bar, 123 East 1st Avenue in Deer Creek at a later date.

Cremation arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com