Obituary and Service Information for Theodore J. Reeves

Reeves, Theodore J.

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Visitation Location:
Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Festus, MO 63028

Date: Monday, October 31, 2011
Time: 11:00am

Service Location:
Mahn Twin City Chapel

Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Crystal City, Missouri

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 500 Third Avenue, New York,NY 16616-1900 or American Red Cross

Theodore J. "Ted' Reeves, age 83, entered into rest Wednesday, October 26, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty years, Doris J. (Frazier-Kerby) Reeves; children: Susan Gilbert, William (Debra) Reeves, Sally Reeves and Thomas "Joe" Reeves; grandchildren: John "Thomas" Gilbert, Scott Gilbert, Hannah (Michael Bostwick) Reeves, Casey Reeves, Amy Hayman, Jake Hayman, Robert "Cody" Hayman and Justin Reeves; step-granddaughter, Emily (Jeff) Ponath; stepson, Rex (Christy) Kerby; step-grandchildren: Cody Kerby and Heather Mackenzie Kerby; great-granddaughter, Eugenia "Hennie" Reeves Bostwick; sisters-in-law: Connie (Robert) Wooten, Carolyn (James) Thompson, Nellie (John) Barger, Deborah (Daniel) Deatherage; brother-in-law, Roy James (Cheryl) Frazier; aunt, Mildred Penry; cousin, Bud (Sue) Reeves. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel J. Reeves. He was also preceded in death by his beloved dog and faithful companion, Mollie AKA Precious.

Ted was one of the initial principal partners of Penrod-Reeves-Gastorf, a St Louis based utility contracting firm. He later associated with Bloomsdale Excavating Company, then formed and served as president of GWS Contractors, Inc in Park Hills for over 30 years. He was past president of the Missouri Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors. He also served on several committees with the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri. He was selected as a representative of the People-to-People Exchange Group in an international exchange program with the People's Republic of China. Ted served as Chairman of the Festus-Crystal City Sewage Treatment Commission from 1993-2003. He was a licensed professional surveyor, master plumber, mechanical engineer, inventor and entrepeneur. During his career he befriended many and was well-regarded in the industry.

Ted received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (formerly UMR, now Missouri School of Science and Technology).He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. At the age of seventy-nine he was inducted into the UMR Sports Hall of Fame, as a former member of the 1947-1950 UMR track and field team. He excelled at many sports, including football, track and boxing and spent many untold hours as a volunteer coach for others.

Ted was an active member of American Legion Post 253, VFW Post 3777 and Festus Elks Lodge 1721, He served on several local advisory boards in and around the Festus/Crystal City area.

Ted invested much of his time and energy mentoring his children and grandchildren and he served as a pillar of strength and guidance to his wife and family. Those who knew him will miss his heartfelt kindness, sense of humor, friendship, intellect and his contagious love of life.


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