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Robert Earl Reeves, age 70, of Greenville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday evening, June 27, 2019 from home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Michigan.  The son of William Grant & Sylvia Margaret (Wilson) Reeves, he was born on February 9, 1949 in Richmond, Indiana and became a “Michigander” in 1997, though Richmond was never far from his heart. 

Robert worked at True Value Hardware in Greenville-a job he loved and wished he had made his career sooner.  He would want a shout out and a thank you to this amazing team of people who treated him as an employee all through his illness.  True Value, the “value” belongs in all of you!

On April 2, 1999, in Grand Rapids, he married Kelly Anne Denkins and together they enjoyed twenty years of marriage. Robert and Kelly paved the way to online romance and proved that meeting and falling in love from the inside out is the glue that bonds a relationship.

Robert (also known in Indiana as "Bobby"), enjoyed playing golf, fishing, cooking and his never ending supply of computer games. When walking into his home he would want to feed you-a true Southerner in heart.   His love for cooking brought much laughter to the dinner table.  He was experimental to say the least and sometimes one never knew what they were eating but ate it anyway because Robert made it. His baking skills left much room for improvement -his flat biscuits will be fondly remembered —  referring to the ones made of flour. 

Robert played guitar with the worship team at Greenville New Testament and New Hope Church of God.  He was a “rocker” at heart and often received “encouragement” to turn his guitar volume down or pass out complimentary ear plugs.  Robert loved the Lord, loved to laugh, and loved to eat and was always the first person to be sampling the cuisine at church gatherings. He was, without a doubt, a people person.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  seven siblings; and his beautiful daughter-in-law, Sherry Reeves.  Surviving are his wife, Kelly Reeves of Greenville; son, Jeremiah Reeves of Indiana; stepsons, Phil & Rachel Feehan of Greenville; Michael DeJong of Cedar Springs, John & Laura DeJong of San Antonio, Texas;  two step-daughters, Jessica Feehan and Julie & Daniel Chance of Indiana;  seven beautiful grandchildren, Sarah Chance Makayla Reeves, Cameron, Kaden, Kahlea Parker, and Alli and Emma Feehan;  a sister, Phyllis (Ralph) Johnson of Indiana; his mother-in-law, Dawn Halfaday of Greenville; two brothers-in-law, Jay & Debbie Denkins of Greenville, and Tony Denkins of Grand Rapids; and a quirky perky sister-in-law, Shawn & Tom Aylsworth of Greenville, who adored him.

Instead of flowers, Robert would have appreciated contributions in his memory by simply reaching out to other’s with the message that God loves them and they have a purpose on this side of Heaven..  He would want everyone to love, be quick to  forgive,  and laugh until your belly hurts and finally…to eat.

A celebration of life is being planned and will be announced later.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Robert's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: 

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Penny Simones on July 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Robert was my A team co-worker. Saturday night closings were always smooth and easy with Robert. He will forever be the Employee of the Month.

  2. Lavonne and kent on July 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Robert was well loved and we will miss him greatly but we also know that he loved the Lord and heGÇÖs in his presence and that is where all of us need to place our goals to be in his presence one day thereGÇÖs nothing in this world more precious than to plan youGÇÖre going home with Jesus and the most important part of that Robert knew and that was to serve Jesus with all your heart and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself and be true to your God with all that is in you alway. We love you bro and will see you again.

  3. Jeremiah Robert Reeves on July 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

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