Bret L. Van Rees, 54, of St. Cloud, Minn., died Oct. 15, 2013.
Born Jan. 3, 1959, in Edinburg, Texas, Bret was the son of DeLoris Van Weelden Wallace and the late Larry Van Rees. He is survived by a son Josh Van Rees and his friend Jillian Beyer of West Des Moines; a daughter Whitney (Jacoby) Tremmel of New Sharon; his mother and step-father, Dale Wallace of Estero, Fla.; a sister Shawn (Craig) Retman of Newton; a niece Jodi Brown of Newton; great niece Tinneille (Mitch) Collins of Newton; great nephew Treaver Brown of Baxter; a nephew Justin (Erin) Good; great nephew Austin and great niece Hope of Baxter; a niece Tarrah (Chris) Salsman; two great nephews Skylar and Peyton and great niece Jaydan of Waukee; brother Kirk Van Rees and nephew Jordan of Hollywood, Fla.; half brother Eric Maple, niece Malloy and great nephew Brantley, and nephews Marcas and Marshall of Colfax; step-brother Donavon (Pat) Wallace and nephew Mitchell of Turlock, CA, and niece Lauren of Ireland; step sister Regina Wallace of Newton; niece Heidi (Randall) Kirkpatrick, and great nephews Brice Bebout and Branden Telepnev of Newton; nephew Micheal (Lisa) Reavis of Newton; step-brother Kent Wallace of Hollywood, Fla; very special aunt Diana Agan of Newton; and many special cousins.
Bret enlisted for two terms of service with the United States Marine Corps as a radio field operator and marksman instructor, earning an honorable discharge in 1981.
A graveside service with military rites will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Sully Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Glesener officiating. A family visitation will follow at the Lynnville Friends Church in Lynnville.