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Herschel “Sug” Reeves

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

He was born Dec. 16, 1908, in Brooklyn, the son of Frank and Maud (Johnson) Reeves.

He first married Isabel Drake on Dec. 3, 1936, in Leon, Iowa. She preceded him in death March 9, 1987. He later married Atha Bartlett on April 19, 1991, in Ft. Madison, Iowa. She preceded him in death March 12, 1999. He then married Maurine Corbridge on May 24, 2003, in Rushville. She survives.

He is also survived by one daughter, Joan (Dennis) Wallon, Goodyear, Ariz.; one stepson, Ted (Wanda) Bartlett, Industry; two step grandchildren; one sister, Reatha Blackburn, Macomb; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first two wives and his parents, he was also preceded in death by infant twins Oct. 6, 1939, one brother, Hallie Reeves, and one sister, Neva Bartlett.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a first 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 the 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 the Brooklyn United Methodist Church, serving as chairman of the board and also trustee until 1991, when he transferred his membership to the First United Methodist Church in Rushville. From 1937 to 1944, he served as the town clerk of Brooklyn. He was a Republican precinct committeeman for Brooklyn for 12 years, the Schuyler Board of Review for eight years, multiple township assessor for eight years, a member of the board of directors of the Culbertson Memorial Hospital for six years from 1950 to 1956 and as a school trustee for several years for the Schuyler County School District. He was a member of the Lamoine Masonic Lodge 935 in Brooklyn, where he served as two terms as grand master, one term as treasurer and received his 50-year pin and then was a member of Camden Lodge 648. He was also a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post 4.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at First United Methodist Church, Rushville, with the Rev. Steve Pichaske officiating.

Burial will be in Brooklyn Cemetery with military rites conducted by Schuyler American Legion Post 4 and the U.S. Naval Honors Detail.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Wood Funeral Home, Rushville.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Culbertson Memorial Long Term Care Facility, Rushville.

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