Forrest Eldon Rese (1945-2022) Local # 10 Des Moines Police Department

Forrest Eldon Rese (1945-2022) Local # 10 Des Moines Police Department


Forrest Reese
February 13, 1945 - April 19, 2022

Forrest Eldon Reese was born in Indianola, Iowa on February 13, 1945 to Forrest and Helen (Edgington) Reese. He passed away on April 19, 2022 at MercyOne in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 77.

Forrest lived in Warren and Polk Counties all his life. He graduated from Indianola High School and earned an AA degree in Law Enforcement from Des Moines Area Community College. Forrest joined the Des Moines Police Dept. in 1967 after graduating from the Des Moines Police Academy. He retired from the Des Moines Police Dept. as a Detective in 2000 and returned to the department in 2002 as a civilian employee retiring again in 2010.

Forrest was the father of three fine sons, Darin, Brian and Kevin. He had three grandchildren Jordan, Jamie and Brady and four great grandchildren Andrew, Hison, Edward and Hope. He very much loved the time he spent with all of them. Forrest also loved going to little league and high school baseball games to watch his children play. Family was so very important to him.

Forrest was a former member of the Clive Fire Dept., Bloomfield Township Volunteer Fire Dept., Central Iowa Square Dance Callers Association, Professional Musicians and Entertainers Club of Iowa, Polk Co. Police Officers Association, International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, and was a current member of Iowa State Police Association, Iowa Peace Officers Association and Des Moines Police Burial Association.

Forrest loved to travel. He had visited all 50 states and in 2006, he met a very special friend, Maymie Stout, with whom he had gone on many cruises, all-inclusive trips, visited 24 foreign countries and went on annual trips to Branson, Missouri.

He is survived by two sons, Darin (Rene) Reese of West Des Moines and Brian (Devon) Reese of Des Moines; two granddaughters, Jordan Reese and Jamie Reese; grandson, Brady Reese; great grandchildren, Andrew, Hison, Edward and Hope Reese; brother, Bill Reese (Dee Benge); sister, Virginia Ripperger; sister-in-law, Janis Reese; and special friend, Maymie Stout.

Forrest was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kevin Reese; brother, Tom Reese; nephew, Rick Reese; and brother-in-law, Merle Kimzey.

The family will greet friends Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the funeral service to follow at 12:00 p.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Forrest will be laid to rest at Resthaven Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Des Moines Police Burial Association in loving memory of Forrest.

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