Obituary: Thomas Alfred Reeves, Sr.
September 17, 2012
A celebration of life memorial will be held for Thomas at Genoa State Park, Genoa, Nevada, Sunday, September 23rd, 2012, Noon-3pm. Thomas was reunited with both his beloved, earthly and heavenly fathers and his wife of 30 years, Margene Arnold Hickman Reeves Murphy on June 12, 2012 in Pocatello, Idaho. He was 88 1/2 years. Thomas was born in Central City, Neb. to Nita Olea Jensen Reeves and Alfred C. Reeves, from Denmark, Sweden and English heritage. An only child, he is survived by a son, Thomas A. Reeves Jr, and a daughter, Lisa Margene Reeves Suttor; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren from Reno and Gardnerville, Nev., Lebanon, Oreg., Zephyr Cove, Nev., Monterey, Chico, San Clemente & Redding, Calif., and Peoria, Ariz. Thomas graduated from high school in 1941 in Los Angeles, Calif. Thomas was in the United States Army, South Pacific, WWII, 11th Airborne. He was an engraver in Los Angeles, Calif. He married wife, Margene, at age 18 in October, 1947. He was a licensed contractor, and on the city council of Culver City, Calif. He lived in Hidden Hills, Calif. and in 1963 he himself built his wife’s dream house. In 1966 he moved the family to Incline Village, Nev., where he was offered to build the “Ponderosa” ranch house, owners private home, town-sets etc. He was a bartender and stage coach driver in the last years Bonanza was filmed. He also helped build the first homes on Lakeshore Dr in Incline Village in the early 1970s. He was chief of maintenance of Cal/Neva Lodge and Crystal Bay Club, Crystal Bay, Nev. In 1971-72, he build one of the first estates in the flat lands, Genoa, Nev. He was also in the fire department, the community Candy Dance etc, in Genoa until 1979. He built some of the first homes in Alpine View Estates, Jacks Valley, Nev. 1972-74. Even his old hat is hanging up in J.T.’s Bar in Gardnerville, Nev. Thomas was also with the Moose Lodge and numerous chapters E.C.V. Northern California and Nevada. Snowshoe Thompson Chapter was his first in Genoa, Nev. His love for hunting, fishing, restoring old cars, spending time hiking checking out Nevada, old ghost towns, mines with daughter, Lisa – good times treasured. Quoted by friends and son-in-law, James Suttor, “A fun loving man with great whit and spirit – wild turkey and a watering hole (lol) will be greatly missed!” While polishing our memories, I discovered, those shared with you are among my most treasured keepsakes. “I love you Daddy.” – Your Lisa In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully requesting donations to help support funeral expenses. Donations can be sent to any Heritage Bank of Nevada. Any questions about the memorial bash, feel free to call daughter Lisa Suttor, 775-315-5879