Lewis Godfrey “Lew” Reeves, 94, peacefully passed away and went home to be with his Lord, surrounded by his family, on June 8, 2019. Of his 94 years, 93 were very good and one not-so. He was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Bridgeton, N.J., to the late Reuben Reeves and Elsie (Daly) Reeves.
Reeves was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II in the Pacific Theater, having served in the Philippines and moving to Korea shortly after V-J Day. He was a forward observer for an artillery battalion, clearing the hills and mountains surrounding Clarks Field.
He worked for Western Union as a teenager, delivering singing telegrams; for the New York Shipyard in Camden, N.J.; and for the Western Electric Company; and then transferred to Bell of Pennsylvania. Reeves retired from work at the Diamond State Telephone Company of Delaware in 1983, after 35 years of service. He then worked 10 additional years with the Delmarva Phone Company in Millville, Del.
He spent his life dedicated to helping others, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Reeves was preceded in death by his brothers Thomas Reeves, Howard Reeves, George Reeves and Reuben Reeves, and a sister, Helen (Reeves) Menchaca. He is survived by a sister, Elsie (Reeves) Riley; a brother, Albert Reeves; three children, Lewis Reeves and his wife, Bonnie, of Dagsboro, Del., Shirley Begue and her husband, Donald, of Cross City, Fla., and Helen Havens and her husband, James, of Millsboro, Del.; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial donations be given to Vitas Hospice; 30265 Commerce Dr., Ste. 202; Millsboro, DE 19960, or to High Tide Church; P.O. Box 127; Dagsboro, DE 19939. Memorial services were to be held June 15, 2019, at Melson Funeral Services in Ocean View, Del. Interment was to follow on June 17, 2019, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.