Royce G. Reeves, 79, of Duluth, Minn., formerly of Dodgeville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, 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 UW-Platteville where he received bachelor and master degrees. At UW-Platteville he was a four-year letterman and two-time all conference in basketball and baseball. He was the sixth all-time scorer in Pioneer basketball history with 1,274 points and he was inducted into the UW-Platteville Pioneer Hall of Fame. He taught and coached at Platteville High School for many years and his Hillmen teams won five 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 Lakeland High School in Minocqua, teaching American history and coaching baseball. He was a loved teacher at Lakeland 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, Jane (Jesse Buggs) Reeves, of Lanesboro, Minn., and Pam (Mike) Wiseman, of Duluth, Minn.; his grandchildren, Brandon (June) Ivers, Ivy (Ben) Tehari, Cole, Dustin, Jack, Wyatt and Blake Reeves, Hunter and 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 Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m., 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 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home.