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David Alan Reeves, 70, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on February 2, 2018 at his home. He was born August 24, 1947 in Beaufort, South Carolina to Richard Thomas and Pauline Lucille Mitrisin Reeves. He married Billie Rae Hamersley on August 16, 1969 in Ottumwa, Iowa. The couple had two children, David Aaron and William Ryan.

Dave served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam and then joined the Iowa Army National Guard in 1974 and served until 1978. In 1984, he reenlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard where he served in Afghanistan in 2003 and retired on August 31, 2007.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post #778 in Ottumwa, Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion in Bloomfield, Disabled American Veterans Wapello Chapter #1 in Ottumwa, Vietnam Veterans of America #667 in Ottumwa, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Iowa Association of County Commissioners of the Veterans Affairs, and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. At the time of his passing, Dave was the Director of V.A. Affairs for Davis County, a position he held since January 1, 2009.

Outside of military life, Dave worked for Peoples Finance, Peoples Savings and Loan, Hormel, and Vaughn Motors. He was also active in the Midwest Little League in Ottumwa where he had served as Vice President and manager and was an assistant coach with Davis County Little League and Babe Ruth while his children were growing up.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and going on family vacations. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren.

Dave is survived by his wife, Billie Reeves; two sons, David Aaron (Gloria) Reeves of Bloomfield, William Ryan (Tabitha) Reeves of Clermont, Florida; five grandsons, Andrew, Adrian, Braydon, Cole, and Dalton; two sisters, Deborah McDonald (Stephen Burl) Newell of Eddyville, Iowa, Francis Darlene Garrett of Goshen, Alabama; two brothers, Richard (Mona) Reeves of Troy, Alabama, Thomas Reeves of Montgomery, Alabama; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Rick McDonald, Jack Garrett; and brother-in-law, Brad Hamersley.

Military rites for Dave will be performed at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Visitation with family present to greet friends will follow until 7:00 p.m. Memorials have been established to the Look to the Stars Cancer Foundation in Davis County, Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion in Bloomfield, and the University of Iowa Stead Family Childrens Hospital. Online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 7, 2018
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