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Herbert West Reeves

August 2, 1926 - December 23, 2018

Herbert West Reeves, 92, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday December 23 at Marquis Care Mill Park, in Portland, Oregon.


Born August 2, 1926, Herb grew up in Rochester, New York, where his father Arthur worked for Eastman Kodak. A gentle person with a quick smile and a playful spirit, one of his earlier jobs was as a singing waiter. Herb served his country for two years in the Navy, 1944-1946, receiving a Victory Medal and an American Theater Medal.


After his service, he studied chemical engineering at Syracuse University, which prepared him for his work in New Jersey and Maryland. He moved out to Eugene, Oregon, in 1975 with his wife Clare and son Adam, where he worked as a civil engineer. After Herb’s retirement, he and Clare moved first to New Jersey, then to San Francisco, and finally, about seven years ago, to Portland. He is preceded in death by his mother Florence and his father Arthur, and his brothers Dick (Helen) and Marcel (Peggy). He is survived by his wife Clare, his brother Leigh (Sunny) his sons Adam (Julie) and Westley (Frances), his daughter Elizabeth, his granddaughter Madeleine (daughter of Adam and Julie), his stepsons Jon Dickman (Bob Wilson) and Barry Dickman, and several other grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Herb’s kind heart and cheerful spirit sweeten the memories of all who had the good fortune to meet this gentle man. Donations in Herb’s name can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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