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James Jim George
1929 - 2013
James George Reeves, Sr., 83, a resident of Springhill, Fla., died peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Jim was born Dec. 1, 1929, in Kenosha, Wis. He was the son of Harry and Florence (Iken) Reeves.
He went to schools in Coal City, Ill., and lived with his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Bob Lasser during his school years. He spent the summers in Kenosha with his Dad. He graduated from Coal City High School. He loved to play baseball for his high school team and was offered a contract with the Cubs while still in school. He also played basketball for the school. He was named All City Conference Champ for Coal City. After graduation he moved back to Kenosha.
Jim honorably served two years for his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953. He fought on the front lines of Korea, achieving the rank of Sergeant (T).
He married Jean M. Vernezze on Dec 24, 1952, in Kenosha while on leave just before leaving for Korea. Later he also married Lorraine Beattie Shaffar in 1965 and Martha Strasser on Oct. 10, 1973.
He was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad while in school. Upon his return to Kenosha, he worked for MacWhyte Wire Rope and Nash Kelvinator. He then worked for American Motors Corp as an Automotive Maintenance Oiler retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Local 72 Union and the NRA.
He played on softball leagues in Kenosha from mid-1950 to the early 1970s. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. He was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and loved going up to Lambeau Field.
Survivors include his daughter, Judith L. (Mark L.) Uelmen and his son, Jerry A. (Kelly A.) Reeves both of Kenosha; his brother Harry A. Reeves of Orlando, Fla.; six grandchildren, Daniel M. (Elizabeth A.) Uelmen; Karen J. Reeves; Sandra L. Reeves; Christopher A. Reeves; Courtney M. Reeves all of Kenosha; Brittany A. Powell of Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Samantha A Uelmen and Alexandra P. Uelmen both of Kenosha; Colton Miller of Ohio; and his best friend, Cliff Ogren who has been there for him always, Churchill Huber and Joe Kelly all of Kenosha and Cindy and Kenny of Spring Hill, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, James G. Reeves, Jr.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, May 23, at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be held in the Chapel on Thursday from 10 a.m. for a half hour.
An online memorial has been set up on www.turnerfuneralandcremation.com and www.findagrave.com.
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on May 22, 2013