First Posted: 2/29/2012

William “Ken” Rees, 95, of Glenburn, died February 21 at Moses Taylor Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Dora Barber.

Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late William H. and Elizabeth Griffith Rees, and lost both his parents at a very early age.

He graduated from Dunmore High School, Class of 1935, and Rutgers School of Banking. He was a member of The First Baptist Church of Abington. Before retiring he was a Vice President at Northeastern National Bank and PNC. He was a member of the Abington Heights School Board for 43 years, and ranked 3rd in the state for the longest membership. He was treasurer of the Hickory Grove Cemetery Association for many years. He was honored as a Pennsylvania Tree Farmer. He was going to be honored by the Welsh Society March 3.

“Pop” had many likes and loves: He was an avid fisherman, hunter, singer, farmer and tennis player. He loved the Rees Olympics at Lake Underwood and his trips to Canada. His garden and apple trees were his pride and joy of which the Apple Blossom Festival was created.

First and foremost in his life was his family. He is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth Osman and husband Edward, Glenburn, Rebecca Connor and husband Jack, Stroudsburg, and Pamela Pangonis and husband Joe, Glenburn; two sons, William David Rees and wife Sandra, Glenburn, and Kenneth Lee Rees and wife Evelyn, Dalton; 11 grandchildren, Will Osman and wife Elisa, Lara Osman and husband Rob, Jeff Osman and Andrea, Sean Connor and wife, Jeanine, Amy Schiavo and husband Anthony, Christopher Rees, Steven Rees and wife Katie, Randy Marzani and wife Colleen, Melissa Driscole and husband Rich, William D. Rees Jr. and Cindy, and Kyle Pangonis; 15 great- grandchildren, Timothy, Lydia and Justin Osman, Connor, Everett and Aaron Schiavo, Michael, Joseph and Sean Connor, Madison and Hayden Driscole, Randy, Ryan and Nicole Marzani and Josh Oliver.

He was preceded in death by a son Jeffrey.

A memorial service will be held April 21 at The First Baptist Church of Abington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The First Baptist Church of Abington, P. O. Box 171, Waverly, PA 18471.Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. To leave an online condolence visit

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