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Reeves, Bert 1878-1960


Posted By: Viv Reeves (email)
Date: 2/14/2006 at 13:14:16

From the LeMars Globe-Post, Monday, February 1, 1960, Page 8, Column 1:

Bert Reeves

Bert Reeves, 81, lifelong Plymouth county resident and resident of LeMars for the past 20 years, passed away Thursday afternoon at the Sacred Heart hospital. He had been a patient there only recently but had been in failing health for several weeks.

Mr. Reeves was born March 7, 1878 near Seney. He was a retired farmer. His marriage to Cynthia Heemstra took place August 5, 1904
(error--August 9, 1905) at Orange City. His father was the late Arthur Reeves. His wife passed away in 1930.

Funeral was held Sunday, January 31 and burial was at the Seney cemetery under direction of the Mauer funeral home in LeMars.

Survivors include the following children: Lawrence and Ernest of Paullina; Mabel, Mrs. Ronald Parks of Chino Valley, Arizona; Myrtle, Mrs. Lowell Parks of Remsen and Glenn Reeves of Kingsley. There are 18 surviving grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by two brothers, William of LeMars and C. W. Reeves of Sioux City and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Cook of LeMars and Mrs. Robert Chambers of Watertown, South Dakota.

From the LeMars Sentinel, Friday, January, 29, 1960:
Life's End

Funeral services for Bert H. Reeves, 81, LeMars resident the last 20 years who died Thursday at Sacred Heart hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Seney Methodist church. Rev. V. D. Bundy will offficiate. Burial will be in the Seney cemetery under direction of Mauer's funeral home.

From Bert's funeral folder:
In Memory of Wilfred "Bert" Reeves (actually Wilbert)
Date of birth--March 7, 1878, Near Seney, Iowa
Date of death--January 28, 1960, LeMars, Iowa
Place and Time of Service--Seney Methodist Church, 2:00 Sunday, January 31, 1960
Clergyman Officiating--Rev. V. D. Bunde (sic-Bundy)
Place of Interment--Seney Cemetery, Seney, Iowa
Arrangements by--Mauer Funeral Home, LeMars, Iowa
As you remember all the good

Each day has held in store,
The cheer and strength the Master gave

So many times before,
May courage whisper to your heart

And lovingly convey
That He who kept you in the past

Still cares for you today.

From Bert's "Order of Funeral Service":
Song: "Jesus, Lover of My Soul", sung by Mrs. Lowell Dempster and Mrs. George Reeves
Prayer by Rev. V. D. Bundy
Comfort Scripture: John 14:1-3 & 1 Cor. 15:51-58, read by Rev. Fritz Springis
Song: "Safe in the Arms of Jesus"
Message by Rev. V. D. Bundy, 1 Kings 2:1-4 & 1 Chron. 29:26 & 28
Closing words of comfort by Rev. W. F. Biggerstaff


Wilbert Reeves, a resident of LeMars and a member of the Free Methodist Church there, passed away at 1:30 P.M. January 28, 1960 at the age of 81 years, 10 months, 21 days. Being a diabetic and an asthmatic, Mr. Reeves has not had the best of health for years, but was not seriously ill until the last three weeks. The end came peacefully at the LeMars hospital.

Mr. Reeves was born on March 7, 1878 near Seney. He attended Seney School. On August 9, 1905, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Heemstra. The couple farmed in the Seney and LeMars area, and were happily blessed with five children. The wife and mother passed away in June of 1930.

Mr. Reeves was a member of the Seney Methodist Church during his childhood and youth and until his family moved closer to LeMars. He was upright and honest in his dealings with his fellow men, he was esteemed and respected in the community, many friends and neighbors will miss his sense of humor and Christian attitudes.

Survivors include his five children, Lawrence and Ernest of Paullina, Glenn of Kingsley, Mrs. R.V. Parks (Mabel) of Chino Valley, Arizona, Mrs. L. V. Parks (Myrtle) of Remsen, nine grandsons and nine granddaughters, five great grandchildren, two brothers, William of LeMars and Clarence of Sioux City, and two sister, Mrs. Martha Cook of LeMars and Mrs. R. E. Chambers of Watertown, South Dakota.

Relatives who went to their eternal rest before the deceased were his beloved wife, two sisters, Mrs. George Hughes and Mrs. Frank Becker, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Reeves.

May the Sustainer of all life, the Giver of good and perfect gifts, bless, comfort and strengthen those of us who remain.

From the LeMars Sentinel, Tuesday, February 2, 1960, Page 5, Column 4:

Our heartfelt thanks to all who extended comforting sympathy and help during the recent illness and death of our father. For the beautiful service, floral and memorial offerings, and other kindnesses, we are deeply grateful. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Reeves and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Reeves, Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Parks and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Parks and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Reeves and Family.


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