Duluth, MN / Dodgeville - Royce G. Reeves age 79, of Duluth, MN, formerly of Dodgeville, WI passed away July 5, 2013.
Royce was born on June 21, 1934, a son of the late Albert Reeves and Fay Kalish. He graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1952.
Royce was awarded a basketball scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he received a bachelors and masters degree. At UW-Platteville he was a 4-year letterman and two-time all conference in basketball and baseball. He was no. 6 all time scorer in Pioneer basketball history with 1,274 points and he was inducted into the U.W.-Platteville Pioneer Hall of Fame. He taught and coached at Platteville High School for many years and his Hillmen teams won 5 SWAL titles and had the most consecutive conference wins at 37. Hillmen went to state in 1967. He then went on to coach and teach at UW-Platteville. Royce spent the last years of his teaching career at Lakewood High School in Minocqua, WI teaching American History and coaching baseball. He was a loved teacher at Lakewood being voted "best teacher of the year" many years in a row. He loved hunting and fishing with his son Randy.
His children and grandchildren loved him dearly and he was a friend to many.
His spirit and sense of humor lives on for those who knew him.
Royce is survived by his sister, Lois (Bill) McKinley, of Dodgeville; his children, Randy (Ashley) Reeves, of Highland, WI, Jane (Jesse Buggs) Reeves, of Lanesboro, MN and Pam (Mike) Wiseman, of Duluth, MN; his grandchildren, Brandon (June) Ivers, Ivy (Ben) Tehari, Cole, Dustin, Jack, Wyatt and Blake Reeves, Hunter & Lydia Wiseman; great granddaughter, Audrey Ivers; dear and loyal friends, Fred and Linda Morley of Minocqua; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert Reeves and Fay Kalish, his sisters Eileen and Maxine and his brother, Carol "Toby".
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville. Rev. Steven Kottke will officiate. Inurnment will be held in East Side Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.
Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home
400 E. Grace Street Dodgeville