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Douglas William Reeve

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Douglas William Reeve, 74, of 1604 Wilmar Drive, died at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2013) in St. Vincent's Home after a long struggle with Carcinoid Syndrome.

He was born in Ames, Iowa, a son of Leo and Helen Franks Reeve. He grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from Glenbard High School in 1957. He studied at Oberlin College where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in music education in 1961. He went on to receive his master's degree in music education in 1962 from University of Illinois.

During his career, Doug taught choral music at Quincy Senior High (1962-66), general and choral music at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, University of Northern Iowa (1966-68), and was director of all choral groups at Quincy College from 1968-1981. Doug also taught privately for many years (cello, bass, voice, and piano), teaching one week prior to his death.

Music was Doug's great passion. He began taking cello lessons as a child and played for more than 60 years. During his life, he directed church choirs at many of the churches in Quincy. In 1969 he reorganized the former Quincy Choral Society, later named Quincy Symphony Chorus, and was its director for over two decades. In the early 1990s, he became general manager of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association. He was a part of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association for over 50 years as cellist, bassist, general manager, and conductor. He also played occasionally with the Jacksonville Symphony, Muddy River Opera Company, McDonough Choral Society, and has been adjunct faculty for lower strings at Quincy University and Culver-Stockton College. He also enjoyed playing string quartet music with several groups in the area.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Walter Reeve. He is also survived by his son, Kevin (Amanda) Reeve of Yorba Linda Calf.; a daughter, Melissa (Joe) Sims of Grand Ridgw, Fla.; a sister, Patricia Mead of Barrington; nieces, Emily Mead and Amy Mead, and a sister-in-law, Kathryn (Don) Gresko of Niceville, Fla.

SERVICES: 1 p.m. Friday memorial service will be held in Christ Lutheran Church, 336 N. 36th.

VISITATION: There will be no visitation, but friends are invited to attend the service.

MEMORIALS: Quincy Symphony Orchestra

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Sept. 19 to Sept. 21, 2013
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