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The University of Illinois Extyension Master Gardeners of Christian County gathered recently to plant a Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) in memory of Edward Henry Rees (1935-2021). The tree will grace the park maintained by the Kincaid Knights of Columbus near St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid. Joining the Master Gardeners were Ruby, his wife, as well as several family members and friends.
“We miss his smile, hard work, and love of all things that grow,” said Linda Smith, one of the group. Ed joined the Master Gardeners in 2001, following his retirement as owner/operator of Rees Construction in Quincy. As part of his volunteer service Ed had taken care of the park, featuring an impressive variety of trees. Just down the row from the memorial tree is a Kousa Dogwood, so the tree will fit into Ed’s plan for the area. Dave Cappellin, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus was quick to share his appreciation for the work Ed did in the park.
Attending the brief ceremony held on Thursday, June 16, were Ruby Rees, Ed’s wife; Dave Cappellin; William and Mickey Swedick; Mike and Linda Conrath; Cheryl Peat; Aaron Davis along with Braxton, Braylynn, and Brennalyn. Brother-in-law Terry Workman stopped in briefly afterward. Master Gardeners Sharon Hill, Kathi Knope, Gwen Podeschi, Linda Smith, and Tim Vaughn were also present along with Unit 18 Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger.