Reagan’s faith strengthened by war service, bee attack

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Lifelong Uvalde County farmer and rancher Rodney Earl Reagan believes God has a plan for him – surviving service in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines during World War II and being attacked by several hundred bees in 2018 has only strengthened his faith.

Reagan has been an advocate for Uvalde County water rights, a laundry service proprietor and a County Commissioner for Precinct 1. He is still a working cowboy.

Though he says his memory is affected by the bee stings, the 93-year-old man spent a recent morning herding cattle from atop an all-terrain vehicle on a ranch owned by the Briscoe family, with whom he has a long-time working relationship.

The trick to dealing with the heavy brush in the area he was working is just to aim for it and go on through, he said. Much like he deals with most things, it seems – head on.

He planned to speak at the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department’s annual banquet in January. Will Cassin, the UVFD member who rescued him from the bee attack in 2018, was then being honored for the action, but both Reagan and Cassin were unable to attend.


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