John Herbert Rea, 71, of Billings, a designer, woodworker, mechanic and builder, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, from complications due to pneumonia.
The oldest of four children, he was born to John and Delores Rea on March 16, 1942, in Walla Walla, Wash. He graduated from Touchet High School in 1961.
He earned a degree in diesel mechanics from Oregon Technical Institute in 1964. He married JoAnne Hilde in 1975 and they lived in Touchet before relocating to Billings in 1976.
Mr. Rea worked in manufacturing and sales of trailers until he retired in 1995. He spent his free time designing and creating woodworking projects and camping.
In 2007, a spinal injury left him a paraplegic. He spent countless hours building historical wooden model ships while confined to his bed.
Mr. Rea was an active member of Billings Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Survivors include his wife, of Billings; mother, Delores Dodd Rea of Touchet; a brother, Robert Rea of Touchet; sisters, Joan McCracken of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Leisha Synoground of Kennewick, Wash.; children, Jonathan Rea of El Mirage, Ariz., Troy Rea of Layton, Utah, and Trent Rea of Kennewick; stepchildren, Jeff Hilde, Melodi Drake, Kurt Mende and Kent Mende; a foster daughter, Shellee Roberts; 26 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at Billings Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3204 Broadwater Ave., at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to Three Angels Broadcasting Network, P.O. Box 220, West Frankfort, IL 62896-0220.