Vernon Reaves
1949 - 2021
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In celebration of the life of Dr. Vernon Carl Reaves, DDS CCP. Affectionally known to close family members as Sonny, he will be remembered for his love of family, his strength, determination, and strong work ethic. Born March 24, 1949 to James H. Reaves and Carrie B. Lisath in Portsmouth, OH. Survived by wife of 48 years Evelyn "Diane" Rhodes, daughter Camille M., son Damon C. Reaves, grandchildren Wesley and Mackayla J. "Mikey", sisters Delores Reaves Rankins (Kevin) and Vicki Reaves, nephews Jamarr Mays and Jason Rhodes, great-niece Elliot Mays, brother-in-law Lewis Rhodes, and close family friend Dr. Harold Ervin of Indianapolis; also includes a host of family and friends. Graduate of Nellie Lee Roth High School (Dayton, OH), Ohio University (Athens, OH) Indiana University School of Dentistry (Indianapolis, IN) and the Ohio State- Cleveland Clinic School of Perfusion (Cleveland, OH) Vernon was blessed to have two careers in his lifetime, first as a dentist in Dayton, OH and later as a perfusionist in Cleveland, OH. He survived cancer and lived most of his adult life with heart disease. He was a mentor to many, always leading by example. Please do not mourn his death but celebrate his life and accomplishments. In respect to his wishes, there will be no memorial service. A small celebration of his life will take place in Athens, OH at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the American Heart Association.


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Published in The Plain Dealer from Mar. 4 to Mar. 7, 2021.
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8 entries
March 6, 2021
I wish I had the perfect words to bring peace and understanding to sad hearts at times such this one. I never met Dr Reaves but I met someone he is in part responsible for giving it to the world. His wonderful son Damon ! An intelligent, kind, hard working , creative , fun man. Did I mentioned handsome? Thank you Dr Reaves! I know you were a great man, look at your son. May you Rest In Peace and be a light shining upon your family. My most sincere condolences to you dear Damon and your family . Be well! Be safe!
Ms Doris ( PMA)
Doris Nogueira-Rogers
Friend
March 5, 2021
Vernon was such a kind man & so professional at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA. We all rotated in the Operating Room heart room & enjoyed working with him.
My deepest sympathy.
Sincerely, Cathy Diana Wiglusz RN
Cat Diana Wiglusz
Friend
March 5, 2021
I am a colleague of Damon's at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I have never met Vernon, Damon's father, But I can say from reading about him, that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Damon is a joy to work with, to laugh with, to be inspired by and my heart goes out to him and the entire Reaves family in this profound time of loss.
Diane Pieri
March 5, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
March 5, 2021
Damon and Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father, husband, grandfather. I know the gift of the beautiful family your dad and mom created will bring you all comfort and solace in the days ahead.
With love and compassion,
Teacher Roz
Roz
Friend
March 4, 2021
For the family who adopted me with no questioned asked, much love is being sent your way. So many times I remember the experimental food creativity and the love given. Alongside of the laughter mixed with protection. Truly Dad Reaves will be missed greatly. I hope so many memories of laughter and that you all heal in in time. Much love to my adopted family.
Mary Marshall
Family
March 4, 2021
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Mary C Marshall
March 4, 2021
I have worked with Verne for 14yrs at the VA. He was such a gentleman, always kind and professional, and I will miss seeing him, very much. He was very proud of his family, and always spoke of them. God bless.
Mary Fitch
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