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Sioux Falls, SD - Richard Elroy Reeves, 85, died Sunday, December 8th, 2013, at the Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls, SD.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM, December 14, 2013, at the Halladay-Peterson Chapel at Dow Rummel Village with burial at Hills of Rest Memorial Park in Sioux Falls. The family will greet friends for visitation one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday.
Richard was born to parents Harold and Elsie Reeves on June 18, 1928, in Chicago, IL. The family moved to Sioux Falls at an early age where Richard grew up, attended school, and worked various jobs; including farm work for his grandparents. Richard was very grateful to his grandparents who did much to help raise him. He later moved to Seattle, WA where he worked as a warehouseman.
Richard enlisted in the US Army in 1946 and served in an Engineering Unit in Alaska. After his Honorable Discharge in 1948 he returned to Sioux Falls where he worked various jobs; including Safeway Cab Co. for several years. He later attended plumbing school; eventually obtaining a Master Plumbing License.
On June 18, 1954, Richard married Marvis Merdell Olson from Oldham, SD. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Steve and Colleen. Richard was a devoted husband, father, and provider. He worked several years for Swenson Plumbing and Heating, and beginning in 1982, Richard and Marvis owned and operated their own plumbing business.
Richard was much fun to be with. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed camping, boating, and waterskiing with family and friends. After retiring in 1992, Richard and Marvis enjoyed traveling the country in their RV for months at a time. Other favorite pastimes included card games and bean bag; both of which they were very good at.
In 2003 they moved to Dow Rummel Village where they continued to enjoy life together until Marvis died on April 29, 2010.
Richard was a long-time member of St John's Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls and was very active in many service organizations; including the American Legion, Forty and Eight, VFW and Elks USA. He was honored to serve in many capacities; including placing flags on veteran's graves on Memorial Day, participating in Flag Day at local schools, and being conductor of the box car train engine during Forty and Eight parades.
Grateful for having shared his life are many family and friends. He is survived by his two children - Colleen Schjodt and husband Steve of Rapid City, SD, Steve Reeves and wife Tammy of Kansas City, MO; six grandchildren - Kathleen Giegler and husband Adam of Colorado Springs, CO, Dan Schjodt of Vermillion, SD, Valerie Neuharth and husband Jeff of Chamberlain, SD, Aric Zeeck of Chicago IL, Ashley Crichton and Trevor Crichton, both of Sioux Falls; and two brothers and one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, one great-grandchild and wife, Marvis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to St John American Lutheran Church of Sioux Falls.
George Boom Funeral Home
3408 East 10th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 11, 2013