7/30/2014 3:32:00 PM Eugene Victor Reeve
1920 - 2014
Eugene Victor Reeve 1920 – 2014
Eugene "Gene" Reeve passed away Sunday, July 6, in Othello, after a long, full and faithful life. Gene was born to Vernon Walton and Ruth Howton Reeve Nov. 23, 1920, in Moscow, Idaho. He was their oldest child and brother to seven siblings. Gene spent his childhood in Idaho where his father worked at a logging camp until 1925. His family then moved to the town of Kahlotus where he attended elementary school and was a loyal member of Boy Scout Troop 39. He graduated from Kahlotus High School in 1938 with seven other classmates. After graduation, he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps and began serving in October 1938 in Company 945 out of Goldendale. He went on to Fort Lewis for "Travel & Detached Service" and finally, on to his favorite assignment, Camp McKinley Park in Alaska, where he worked as a telephone lineman. He graduated from Camp Goldendale in March of 1940. From there, he returned to Connell where he met his loving wife Beverly Joyce Bolon. Gene enlisted in the Army Air Force and married Bev in Louisville, Ky., June 15, 1943. He graduated with Company "C," 9th Armored Replacement Battalion from Fort Knox that year. His tour of duty took him to the Philippines, New Guinea and New Caledonia, where he served as an airplane mechanic. After World War II, Gene returned to Connell and was employed at Webb Tractor. He also hired on with various farmers during wheat harvest and seeding time. In 1952, he began working for his uncle Darrell Pepiot on their homestead 10 miles south of Connell. When Darrell passed away in 1961, the Pepiots asked Gene to assume the management of their farm and he leased the 3,200-acre dryland wheat ranch. There, Gene and Bev spent their happiest years farming and raising their four children. Gene loved the farm life, was active in the Connell community and the Connell United Methodist church. He served on the North Franklin School Board for 12 years and was on the Connell Grain Grower Board for 24 years, 18 of those spent as secretary. In addition, he was a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. During his lifetime, he also attended the Eltopia United Church of Christ, as well as the Othello Church of the Nazarene. For recreation, the Reeves enjoyed boating, water skiing, bowling and later in life, traveling with their trailer group friends, square dancing, sporting events and any activity their children and grandchildren were a part of. After retiring, Gene also found time to polish his woodworking skills, a craft he had enjoyed as a youth. He was also an avid reader, especially fascinated with American history and the lives of our presidents. Though he was interested in many things, family was always most important to him. Gene is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bev, residing at Coventry House in Othello; son Mike (Mary) Reeve, Pasco; daughters Jeanne (Jim) Hailey and Jan (Greg) Mauseth, Eltopia; son Vic (Deb) Reeve, of Kennewick; sisters Fran Dufelmeier, Los Angeles, and Yvonne (Loren) Rushmeier, Oaksdale; and brother Neil (Evelyn) Reeve, of Ritzville. Gene also leaves 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Craig Eugene Reeve, sisters Betty (Paul) Clark and Nita (Pete) Shafer and brothers Bruce and Lynn. There will be a Celebration of Life held Thursday, July 17, at 10 a.m. at the Connell United Methodist Church, 104 S. Burke. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gene's honor to the Connell United Methodist Church.