November 11, 2020) - The family of Jeffery Kurt Reeder is saddened to
announce his passing on November 5, at the age of 65, in Florence, after
a valiant battle with Diabetes.
Jeff was born in Chicago on April
16, 1955, son of the late Victor and Ann (Myroup) Reeder. In 1968 the
family relocated to Eland, Wisconsin. Jeff was united in marriage to
Lucy Gritzmacher on October 23, 1982. The two enjoyed 29 years of
marriage until her passing on December 26, 2011. Jeff and Lucy were
blessed with a loving son Justin. Jeff later married Dora Howell on July
While living in rural Wisconsin Jeff developed an interest
in raising sheep and became very involved in 4-H and FFA. J
graduated from Wittenberg/Birnamwood High School in 1973, and pursued a
BS degree in Agricultural Education from UW River Falls in 1977, and
later obtained his Masters in Education Administration from UW Superior.
After caring for his wife Lucy, Jeff pursued an interest in the medical
field and obtained certification as a Medical Assistant from Rasmussen
College. At UW River Falls he was a member of the swim team and the Phi
Sigma Epsilon Fraternity. Jeff's career was filled with many
accomplishments and adventures as one of the founding officers for his
family's business, Custom Glass Products, an educator in 4 states, a
youth swim coach, and ending his career as an Administrator in Wisconsin
and in Alaska.
Jeff was an avid Chicago sports fan of the Bears,
Blackhawks, and Cubs. He loved to travel, garden, and ice fish, and
enjoyed many challenges as a lifelong learner. Jeff enjoyed time with
family and friends and was an especially devoted husband, father, and
son. He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, Jeff
was preceded in death by his first wife Lucy.
Jeff is survived by
and will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Dora; son, Justin;
step-sons, William (Robin) Howell, Nick (Rosemary) Nevil, Jesse Nevil, 8
step-grandchildren; siblings, Vicki (Joseph) Oboikovitz, Michael (Sarah)
Reeder, Eric (Lisa) Reeder, Steven (Annetta) Reeder, Desiree' (Tim) Pampuch; nieces and nephews, Sarah, Matthew, Lana, Erin, Mallory, Sam,
Mariah, Cameron, Celsea, Adam, and Victor who loved his corny" jokes and
his free spirit, as well and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends,
too numerous to mention all by name.
In lieu of flowers memorials
may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1 (800) 342-2383 In
memory of Jeff and Lucy.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday,
November 17 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash
Funeral Home of Iron Mountain, with service to follow at 1:00. Rev.
Henry Yoap will officiate. Additionally, graveside services will be held
Wednesday, November 18 at 11:00 AM in Eland Cemetery in Norrie,
Wisconsin, with Pastor Clifford Kessen officiating.
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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of
Iron Mountain with the arrangements.