Marvin W. Rees

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 27, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Marvin W. Rees, former Vicksburg District Engineer, passed away on Jan. 21, 2015 at the age of 90.

Marvin grew up in Milroy, Indiana, and after briefly attending Northwestern University, served two years in the US Army during World War II before attending the U.S. Military Academy, graduating in 1950.

He served in the 23rd Infantry Regiment in the Korean War, where he was severely wounded. After transferring to the Corps of Engineers, he attended Texas A&M University, earning a master’s degree in civil engineering.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

Following assignments as an engineer company commander in Europe, ROTC instructor at The Citadel, duty in Iran, assignments to the Continental Army Command and the U.S. Army Pacific, Marvin took command of the 169th Engineer Battalion in Vietnam.

He was the deputy district engineer for the St. Paul District, attended the Air War College, and became the district engineer for the Vicksburg District. He worked in the Office of the Chief of Engineers, and retired in 1980 as deputy division engineer for the South Atlantic Division.



After retirement from military service, Marvin worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. John C. Stennis and was a dedicated volunteer for the Korea 2000 Project.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 64 years, June (Watkins) Rees; daughter, Martha Rees and her husband Frank Hobbs of Wilmington, Delaware; son, Gavin Rees and his wife Sheila (Carr) Rees, of Union, Kentucky; granddaughter, Jennifer (Rees) Wilkinson and her husband Geoff Wilkinson and their son, Rees Alan Wilkinson, of Louisville, Kentucky; and grandsons, Nathan Rees Hobbs and Duncan Rees Hobbs, of Wilmington, Delaware.

Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery Friday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. All friends who plan to attend should meet at the administration building by 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the West Point Association of Graduates, the Korean War Project or the Wounded Warrior Project.