Limousin breeders, friends and family across Canada are mourning the loss of Kevin Rea of Bar 3R Limousin of Marengo, Sask.
Kevin Rea was born in Kindersley, Sask., but lived his entire life in Marengo. Growing up, he spent time visiting neighbours, at local rinks or hanging out on the family farm. Upon graduating, Rea worked for the R.M. of Milton as a grader operator. He was mentored there by Bob Carpenter and worked with many other great people over the years, including at the Cereal Livestock Auction and Grant Rennie’s feedlot, where meeting the Queen was a highlight.
Rea’s true passion was always ranching as a partner in Bar 3R Limousin with his brothers, David and Kenny. He would often reminisce about trips picking up cattle with family and roping or rodeo trips with his buddies. “Gump” loved staying in the bunk house during calving season, packing the silage pit or helping with harvesting and baling. Agribition, the Lloydminster Female Sales and preparing for the Annual Purebred Bull Sale (more than 25) were highlights of his year, along with his personal delivery to many customers’ farms. He also contributed to the community by serving as a 4-H judge, village councillor, Limousin Association executive, pasture co-op member and more.
Later, Rea changed employment, moving to the R.M. of Antelope Park and really enjoyed the work and the people there. He ended his career as both the safety supervisor and foreman.
Following the passing of his father and brother, David, Rea moved back in with his mother so they could take care of each other. In 2015, as his own health faltered, he was forced to pull back from farm activities and gladly spent his time with a new passion — his love, Candace. They so enjoyed many new experiences, including family vacations with her sons, Johnny and Gatlin Dueck. Kevin and Candace Rea were married in Marengo on December 2, 2018, in the presence of their parents and her youngest son, followed by a dream trip to Vegas with friends. They shared much happiness together until Rea’s passing in May 2021.
From all of us at Canadian Cattlemen, our condolences go out to Rea’s family and friends, and to the Limousin community.