S. Dewey Reeves Jr. 82, of Tecumseh, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Shawnee.
S. Dewey Reeves Jr., 82, of Tecumseh, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Shawnee.
Born Feb. 3, 1935, to Schley Dewey and Pearl B. (Oldham) Reeves, he was the youngest of four children and the only son.
Graduating from Tecumseh High School in 1953 and the University of Oklahoma in 1957, Dewey married the love of his life, Patricia A. Travis, on March 29, 1957.
After a brief time in the military, from which he was honorably discharged, Dewey and Patty made their way to Phoenix, Arizona, to forge their life together. While there, their two children, Kevin and Karen, were born. In 1965, the tug of Oklahoma won and Dewey and his new family returned to his home state, where a career of over 20 years with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission was begun.
During the course of his life, Dewey was actively involved in the Presbyterian Church, serving at various times as deacon, elder, and Sunday School teacher, the Tecumseh Alumni Association serving in several capacities including president, the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma in which he was a member of Tecumseh Lodge #69 where he served in a variety of offices and the McAlester Consistory where he was a 32nd degree Mason. He was willing to attempt to repair almost anything, which got him the tongue-in-cheek title from his wife of “Mr. Fix It,” and enjoyed fishing on many of Oklahoma’s bodies of water throughout most of his life. If asked, however, what his greatest accomplishment in life was, he would most likely indicate his family.
Dewey was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Patty, his parents, his sisters Loraine Patterson and her husband C.G. (Pat), and Doris Miller and her husband Jim, and a brother-in-law Bill Kilgrew.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Rita Reeves of Shawnee; daughter, Karen Sparks and Rick Crisp of Tecumseh; four grandchildren, Andy Sparks and his wife Becca of Shawnee, Katie Crisp and her husband Danny of Shawnee, Shelby Reeves, Ashley Reeves and her fiancé Xavier Vo, all of Norman; two great-grandchildren, Carson Crisp of Shawnee and Lucy Lessley-Sparks of Shawnee; one sister, Bernice Kilgrew of Tulsa; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, at Walker Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.
The family has indicated that memorials may be made to either Tecumseh Masonic Lodge #69, the Tecumseh High School Alumni Association, or a charity of the giver’s choice. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Belfair and Faith Hospice for the excellent care given to Dewey.
To share memories or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.walkerfuneral.com.