We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Loves Park
Robert Wendell Reeves, 92, went to his eternal rest on May 16, 2022 in Loves Park, IL. Bob was the beloved husband of Joyce Schwingel Reeves whom he married on July 10, 1954. He was the loving father of Scott (Nedra) Reeves, Cynthia (Bruce) McNeil and Kathy (Mike) Delahunty; grandfather, of Kathryn (Doug) Harder, Kevin (Patricia) Hrdlicka, Nicholas McNeil, Megan (Brian Nettleingham) McNeil, Emma Reeves and Anne (Michael Spangler) Reeves; and six great grandchildren who lovingly called him “GGP.”
Bob was the sole child born to Ruth and Robert Edward Reeves on September 11, 1929 in Carbondale, PA. He joined the Navy directly after high school and served on the destroyer (USS Hank DD-702) during the Korean War. In 2015, the organization, VetsRoll, honored him, along with other veterans, with an amazing trip to Washington, DC. Upon return, with tears in his eyes, he declared “this is the first time I really felt like a veteran.” After the war, he moved to Chicago and met his wife, Joyce, at the coffee machine at their employer, Prudential Insurance. Their courtship continued over the daily, long car rides to her home in Palatine. After marrying, they eventually moved out to the Northwest suburbs to start their family and there they raised their three children.
Bob had many jobs throughout his life with sales as his main profession. He never truly retired as he continued to work part-time as a school bus driver, an usher for the Rockford Rivets minor league baseball team and at Savant Wealth Management until age 90 performing whatever task needed. Bob was known for his ability to repair or build just about anything. He created a beach for the grandkids at their home in Island Lake, IL. While in his 70s, he finished the lower level of their home in Loves Park, IL by himself.
Bob’s love for his wife of 67 years and his family was evident to all who knew him. He was always willing to help anyone who needed his skills and volunteered for many charitable organizations. Over 40 years ago, Bob started a poker club which still continues today. He loved weeklong fishing trips, golfing and was on a men’s bowling league into his late 80s. Bob enjoyed traveling anywhere where shorts could be worn, with North and South Carolina being his favorites. Bob also liked visiting Joyce’s sisters in Ohio and Louisiana.
All who knew Bob would describe him as hard working, knowledgeable, disciplined and dependable. He walked the same five-mile trek daily for many years. Bob loved chocolate and would smile if everyone reading this would enjoy a piece (or two) in his honor.
Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 PM Monday, May 23, 2022 in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory – Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park with a visitation from 11:00 AM until time of service.