William Davis Reeves
William Davis Reeves
  • December 9, 1928 - May 6, 2017
  • Turlock, California

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After a full and abundant life, Bill Reeves entered into eternity on May 6th, 2017. He was a remarkable man: a faithful man of God, loving son, loyal husband, dedicated father and grandfather, former missionary, agriculturalist, teacher, and college counselor.

Bill was born December 9th, 1928 to Wade and Alta Reeves in Omaha, Nebraska. He and his twin brother, Hap, were welcomed into the world by their older sister, Joyce. Sadly, his father died at a young age leaving a young mother to raise three children on her own. Despite this trial, their mother raised her children with an unwavering faith in God. Bill spent his young childhood living in Nebraska and California. At the age of 15, Bill's mother unexpectedly died. Bill and Hap were then adopted by their Aunt and Uncle and moved to the Bay Atrera to attend Saint Mary's High School. It was here that he developed a love for music that he carried throughout his life.

Bill attended Saint Mary's College and graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Agriculture. Bill's mother's passion for missionary work influenced Bill to pursue missions himself and upon graduating college, he entered into full time mission work for a total of 15 years in Cameroun, Africa. This work began with one year of language study at the Alliance Françiase in Paris, receiving the Diplôme Supérieur. While on furlough in 1957, Bill met and married his beloved wife, Jean Hanselman Reeves. The two spent their first six months together in Paris for further language study. They spent the next 7 years in the Cameroun where they had their three children.

In 1965, the family returned to the United States and Bill began his career at Modesto Junior College. During his 33 years at MJC, he worked as an AG teacher, career counselor, advisor for the foreign exchange student program and spent a sabbatical year working with the forest service in Quincy, CA.

Bill had a deep commitment to the Lord and a passion for people. His faith radiated his love of the Lord and his mission to love others. Bill was a husband, par excellence. Family was important to Bill and his family extended beyond his own wife and children. All were welcome in his home. Many friends and family members considered him a surrogate father figure in their lives. During his career and beyond retirement Bill utilized himself as a mentor and leader with a gentle heart and a love for people of different cultures and walks of life. He enriched the lives of all he came into contact with and to this day many people continue to speak fondly of him and the influence he had on their lives. He was friendly, reaching out to all those he met.

Bill was active his whole life in the church. He took great joy in his volunteer work at Doctor's Medical Center. Bill loved trains and planes. He held both American and French pilot licenses.

Having Family all over the world, Bill leaves behind a legacy of people whom he touched including His beloved wife of 59 years, Jean Reeves, children Janice Halloran (Jim), Mark Reeves (Plantin), and Laura Jordan (Louie); his six grandchildren, Christopher Halloran, Caroline Halloran, Katie Halloran (Frankie), Walter Jordan, Alta Jordan and Alexandra Reeves; and one great-granddaughter Ellaoise Schillaci; sister Joyce Foda and twin Hap (Doris) among many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Memorial will be Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Rd, Modesto. Light reception will follow. Extended celebration and meal will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Berkeley Avenue, Turlock at 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the mission funds at either Trinity United Presbyterian Church or First Presbyterian Church.