Gerald "Gerry" Ethan Reeve, age 67, passed away on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at his home in Reston, Va., with his family by his side, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on May 29, 1945, in Mount Holly, N.J., and was raised in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and Spartanburg, S.C.
After graduating from Wofford College, with a bachelor of science in mathematics, Gerry enlisted in the U.S. Army
and was stationed at Ray Barracks in Friedberg, Germany, earning the rank of first lieutenant. He then returned to the United States and began a long career as an industrial engineer in the textile industry in Spartanburg. His career then took him to Danville, Va., and eventually to Elon, N.C., where he lived for many years. Later, he moved to Westerly.
He loved living near the beach and taking drives on the weekend around New England. After retiring from the textile industry, Gerry moved back to South Carolina and eventually settled in Columbia. While living in S.C., he was able to indulge in more of his passions. He was a voracious reader, an avid runner, loved watching baseball, and most importantly, a doting father to his companion, Toocas, a miniature poodle.
Eventually, as his health declined, Gerry moved to Reston, Va., to live with his daughter and future son-in-law where he received treatment at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
He had tremendous respect for all of the staff in the oncology unit, and would not have wanted his care in anyone else's hands. Gerry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kristina and Timothy Myers, of Reston, Va.; son and daughter-in-law Jonathan and Rebecca Reeve, of Hamden, Conn.; four grandchildren, Eliana, Samantha, Liam and Audrey; and his first wife, Baerbel Monika (Wittmann) Dreslin, mother of their children.
He is also survived by his sister Pam (Reeve) Boulware and brothers, Brian Reeve and Laurence Reeve. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave, Vienna, Va. 22180.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Providence Hospital, 2749 Laurel St., Columbia, SC 29204.