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Old July 03, 2019, 06:53   #1
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SAI Founder Has Passed

Found this over on the M14 Forum:

Robert Reese
June 27, 1931-June 22, 2019
GENESEO-Robert R. Reese, 87, of Geneseo, Illinois, well-known founder of Springfield Armory, passed peacefully Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.
A hospitality visitation will be held on Friday, June 28th, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trimble Funeral Home, 701 12th Street, Moline, Illinois.
The Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon will officiate services on Saturday, June 29th, at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline, Illinois. The Moline American Legion Post #246 will present military honors at the church following the service. Friends are invited to join the family for a funeral luncheon celebration at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe at 12 p.m. on Saturday following the funeral.
Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory and private burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo on an undetermined date. Memorials may be made to the following:
First Congregational Church
VFW - https://heroes.vfw.org/page/21776/donate
Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) - https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/
Robert Rost Reese was born June 27, 1931, in Moline to Thomas William and Ruby Rose (Rost) Reese. Bob married Carol Schillinger on June 25, 1952, in Geneseo.
After his marriage Bob served in the U.S. ArmyNational Guard at Camp Cooke in Santa Barbara County, California. After his discharge from the Army, Bob and Carol returned to the Midwest where he began farming in Henry County, Illinois with his father. In addition to farming, Bob had several other occupations. He was an agriculture equipment salesman in Tipton, Iowa. He was a real estate developer in Hanna Township. He became a dealer of Army surplus, and had a surplus store in Geneseo. In 1974, Bob seized the opportunity to trademark the name "Springfield Armory" and in doing so, resurrect some of the most historically significant firearm designs, such as the M1Garand, the US M14, and the 1911 pistol. Bob, his wife, Carol, and their son, Dennis were the first employees of the new Springfield Armory. They were joined by sons Dave and Tom, and together the Reese family grew the business to be a global force in the firearms industry.
Bob was a man of many interests and talents. He was a hunter and fisherman who pursued both interests together with Carol all over the world. Bob enjoyed boating, water skiing, snow skiing, and racing dirt bikes. Bob's greatest interest was in all things related to firearms and shooting. At the age of 17, he became junior champion of trap shooting of North America.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis J. and Jane Reese of Geneseo, David R, and Colleen Reese of Colona, and Thomas William and Jane Reese of Geneseo; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Stefany and Chris Toomer, Nicholas Reese, Robert and Bethany Reese, Jon Reese, Kelly and Houston Holt, Carolyn and John Kozlik, and Thomas William Reese; and two great-grandchildren, Ruby Grace Holt and Eli Joseph Reese. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Kleeman.
Bob's family invites friends to share stories and condolences at TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.

Published in Quad-City Times from June 24 to June 25, 2019
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Old July 03, 2019, 07:34   #2
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Actually he and his brother bought SAI from it's founder Elmer Balance.
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Was unaware that he’d passed away...
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Actually he and his brother bought SAI from it's founder Elmer Balance.
Thank you...That obit is nowhere near the truth. What a bunch of shit. I had the pleasure of meeting Elmer in person. He was a rebel....he had a lot of trouble that was mostly caused by some of his associates
back in the day before he sold out to Reece Surplus which endured until not long ago. The sign over driveway says 'Springfield Armory'...down in Devine Texas.
He ultimately got cornered on a MG parts issue and what he referred to as Mail
fraud and tax evasion or something to that effect. No doubt in my mind he was
a force to be reckoned with.....
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Obituaries often run astray of the truth.
But, you know if it's written , it has to be so.
Elmer was beat down by opposing forces beyond his control.
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Old July 08, 2019, 07:16   #7
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Still have the M1A I purchased in 94 right after they passed the ban, before it took effect. It's on the keep list. Prayers to his family, he left them quite a legacy.
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Thank you...That obit is nowhere near the truth. What a bunch of shit. I had the pleasure of meeting Elmer in person. He was a rebel....he had a lot of trouble that was mostly caused by some of his associates
back in the day before he sold out to Reece Surplus which endured until not long ago. The sign over driveway says 'Springfield Armory'...down in Devine Texas.
He ultimately got cornered on a MG parts issue and what he referred to as Mail
fraud and tax evasion or something to that effect. No doubt in my mind he was
a force to be reckoned with.....
I read the thread title and thought "Oh shit, what happened to Elmer?"

Should have known better...

Elmer was way too full of piss and vinegar the last time I was down there to be going this soon.
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Thank you...That obit is nowhere near the truth. What a bunch of shit. I had the pleasure of meeting Elmer in person. He was a rebel....he had a lot of trouble that was mostly caused by some of his associates back in the day before he sold out to Reece Surplus which endured until not long ago. The sign over driveway says 'Springfield Armory'...down in Devine Texas. He ultimately got cornered on a MG parts issue and what he referred to as Mail fraud and tax evasion or something to that effect. No doubt in my mind he was a force to be reckoned with.....
I still have one of those Devine, Tx M1A NM. Beautiful rifles
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