VeteranHerschel Reeves

Herschel ReevesHerschel “Sug” Reeves, 100, of Rushville died at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 4, 2009, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born Dec. 16, 1908, in Brooklyn, a son of Frank and Maud Johnson Reeves. He first married Isabel Drake on Dec. 3, 1936, in Leon, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 9, 1987. He later married Atha Bartlett on April 19, 1991, in Fort Madison, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 12, 1999. He then married Maurine Corbridge on May 24, 2003, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Joan (and Dennis) Wallon of Goodyear, Ariz.; one stepson, Ted (and Wanda) Bartlett of Industry; one sister, Reatha Blackburn of Macomb; several nieces and nephews; and two step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by infant twins; one brother, Hallie Reeves; and one sister, Neva Bartlett.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a 1st Class Fireman during World War II from March 2, 1944, to Dec. 13, 1945. He was honored in the Rushville Smiles Day Parade in 2008 as Schuyler County’s oldest veteran.

He owned and operated Reeves’ General Store in Brooklyn for 34 years from 1946 to 1980. He also drove a school bus for Schuyler County School District from 1957 to 1974.

He was an active member of Brooklyn United Methodist Church, serving as chairman of the board and also trustee until 1991, when he transferred his membership to First United Methodist Church in Rushville. From 1937 to 1944, he served as town clerk of Brooklyn. He was a Republican precinct committeeman for Brooklyn for 12 years; Schuyler Board of Review for eight years; Multiple Township assessor for eight years; board of directors of Culbertson Memorial Hospital for six years, from 1950 to 1956; and as a school trustee for several years for Schuyler County School District.

He was a member of LaMoine Masonic Lodge 935 in Brooklyn, where he served two terms as grand master, one term as treasurer and received his 50-year pin, then was a member of Camden Lodge 648 and Schuyler American Legion Post #4.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at his church in Rushville with Rev. Steve Pichaske officiating. Burial will follow in Brooklyn Cemetery with military rites by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and U.S. Naval Honors Detail. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.

Memorials may be made to his church or Culbertson Memorial Long Term Care Facility in Rushville.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/7/2009