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Obituary: Thomas Alfred Reeves Sr.

July 9, 1923 – June 12, 2012

A Celebration of Life memorial will be held for Thomas Alfred Reeves Sr. at Genoa State Park in Genoa, Nevada on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 12:00 noon.

Thomas was reunited with both his earthly and heavenly fathers and his beloved wife of 30 years, Margene Arnold Hickman Reeves on June 12, 2012. He was 88 years old.

Thomas was born in Central City, Nebraska to Nita Olea Jensen Reeves and Alfred C. Reeves, who originated from Denmark, Sweden. He was an only child.

Thomas was in the United States Army, South Pacific, WWII, 11th Airborne. He was an engraver by trade in Los Angeles, California. In 1947 he met his beloved Margene, she was an amazing beauty at the age of 18. Thomas and Margene married in October of 1947.

He became a licensed contractor and served on the City Council of Culver City in 1956. Living in Hidden Valley, California he built his beloved wife her dream home.

In 1966 he and his family moved to Incline Village, Nevada. There, he was offered a job building the Ponderosa Ranch house for the TV series “Bonanza”. He also built the production set and the “town” where the majority of the acting took place. He also built the private home of the then owners of the ranch. During the last few years of the series he acted as the bartender and the stage coach driver in the show.

He was the Chief of Maintenance for the Cal-Neva Lodge and the Crystal Bay Club throughout the early 1970’s.

In 1970-1971 Thomas built one the first estates in the flat lands of Genoa. He became very involved in the Genoa community and became a member of the Genoa Fire Department, Candy Dance Committee, and numerous other programs and committees until the late 1970’s. Thomas also built one of the first of many homes in the Alpine View Estates Subdivision of Jacks Valley.

He enjoyed being a member of the Moose Lodge and numerous chapters of the E.C.V. of Northern California and Nevada. He was a member of the Snowshoe Thompson, Genoa Chapter.

His love for hunting, fishing, restoring old cars, hiking, and exploring Nevada’s old ghost towns and mines was enjoyed with his daughter Lisa by his side.

Thomas is survived by Son, Thomas A. Reeves Jr., Daughter Lisa Margene Reeves Suttor. 12 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren.

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 location. Any question can be directed to Lisa Suttor 775-315-5879.

“While polishing our memories, I discovered those shared with you are among my most treasured keepsakes.” I love you Daddy, your Lisa.



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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 13, 2012 11:37AM Published Sep 13, 2012 11:35AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.