I found four articles, two each about William and Hal. William Harry is in the Pioneer Cemetery here in Modesto, section A, Tier 8, grave 39, according to a cemetery list in the special collections room in the library. The plot owner was Hal E. Rea, presumably his son. Hal, in turn, isn't in the Odd Fellows index, despite what it says in his death notice.
I couldn't fine Irene, Hal's wife, or any mention of Pettie. There isn't a photo of William in the 1921 "History of Stanislaus County".
I can send you the sheets I printed from the microfilm as TIF files if you like. They run about 150 KB each. Here are transcriptions:
Modesto News-Herald 13 January 1926 (Wednesday) Page 4 NEWS OF DEATH OF W. H. REA GRIEVES MANY The community is saddened today by the death of W. H. Rea, which occurred early Tuesday morning. Those who knew and loved Mr. Rea will feel his loss keenly. The deepest sympathy is extended to his family.
Modesto News-Herald 14 January 1926 (Thursday) Page 3
THE FUNERAL OF W. H. REA TO BE HELD FROM CHURCH The funeral of the late w. H. Rea, prominent Modestan who tied Tuesday, be held from the Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Rea, a resident of Modesto for the last 45 years, was one of the most beloved citizens of the community Of a retiring disposition, many of the good works of Mr. Rea were never known. He has been director of the Presbyterian choir for 30 years. His place can never be filled nn the church life.
Mr. Rea was formerly part owner of the store [shop, to you British people] which is now the G. P. Schafer company. He had retired from active business for several years. As a young man Mr. Rea had a beautiful voice and sang in the cathedrals of England and New York. He understood music thoroughly and his last public appearance here was when be directed the choir in the rendering of the oratorio "Elijah" just before Christmas.
Although 74 years of age he was young in appearance and at heart.
His death was sudden, as he was recovering from an illness he was stricken with on Christmas day.
His death will be keenly felt by numberless people but the good he Accomplished during his life will long be remembered.
CRASH NEAR SALIDA FATAL TO FRMER MODESTAN Victim Owner of Ranch East of City; Formerly Well Known Here
H. E. Rea, 50, former well- known Modesto resident, was almost instantly killed when his sedan automobile sideswiped a truck on the highway near Salida early last night. He died from a broken neck and internal injuries while being brought to a Modesto hospital. Rea, driving alone, was traveling towards Modesto when his sedan sideswiped a truck operated by James Beuving of Ripon, according to a report of the accident received by A. A. Morrison, county traffic captain. Beuving was not injured.
Truck Headed North Beuving was traveling north with a truck loaded with poultry and rabbits. Several of the chickens and rabbits were killed when the crates were knocked from the truck. Rea had lived at 636 North Commerce Street, Stockton. Until recently he had lived in this city and was employed at a local hardware store. His father, William H. Rea, died in January 1926.
[Salida is a town in Stanislaus County. Ripon is a town in San Joaquin County. The two are just a few miles apart. Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County and about 20 miles north of Salida.]
DEATHS REA - near Modesto, December 15. Hal E. Rea, husband of Irene Rea; a native of California, aged 47 years, 6 months. Friends are invited to attend the funeral services Monday at 2 o'clock at the Shannon Funeral Chapel, 921 Twelfth Street, Modesto. Rev. M. P. McClure officiating. Internment Odd Fellows cemetery.