Earl Reeves

October 3, 2018

MADISON — Services for Earl W. Reeves, 86, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison. The Rev. Barry Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Madison with military rites by the Nebraska National Guard Honor Team and the American Legion Post 35.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the church in Madison. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel of Sioux City is in charge of arrangements.

He died Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at St. Joseph Rehabilitation and Care Center.


Earl Wayne Reeves was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Norfolk, the son of Harold and Murriel (Jackson) Reeves. He was raised on a farm south of Battle Creek and attended rural School District 53 before graduating from Madison High School in 1950. He was baptized and later confirmed at the Fairview Methodist Church.

Earl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 until 1954. He married Elaine Wagner on March 27, 1955, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple farmed west of Madison for a year and then moved north of Madison and farmed until retiring in 2011 and moving to Norfolk in 2012.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 35, served on rural School District 48 for many years and also served on the Madison County Weed Control Board and the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Earl is survived by his spouse, Elaine Reeves of Norfolk; three children and their spouses, Jim and Geri Reeves of Madison, Deb and Joe Ebeling of Norfolk and Tim and Michele Reeves of Madison; a son-in-law, Jim Pfeifer of Clarkson; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Pfeifer in 2013, and one grandson, Brian Pfeifer.

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