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Reeves S. Menhennett

May 31, 1968 ~ May 11, 2021 (age 52)

Obituary

May 11th, 2021 one of the kindest souls left us to go on his final trip; Reeves Menhennett was ready to travel again. Born May 31st, 1968 to Edward and Leitha Gail Menhennett who predeceased him along with his brother Edward Menhennett, Grandparents Edward and Maude Menhennett, Uncle Rick Menhennett, Aunt Georgia Collins and a very special Aunt Noryene Gavender. In-laws Gary "Mr.T" and Jean Theodore, Nita "Gam" Theodore, and his four legged best friends Rudy and Ranger.

 

Reeves along with his family owned and operated the Harpursville Butcher Shop for many years. Then, unbeknownst to Karen, he applied for a job as a meat manager with the Department of Defense. He wrote a letter to then President George Bush and before he knew it he was on his way to Fort Riley, Kansas. From there he was transferred to Fort Wainwright, Alaska where he fell in love with the land and the lifestyle. Reeves was promoted to Meat Specialist & traveled from the Rockies to Japan, earning several Commander coins along the way. Alaska kept calling him back, so Reeves accepted a job with Alaska Commercial Company as a meat manager. At the time his family could not be with him and the distance between them became too much. Upon his return home, the family decided to go back where it all began. While under a new name, Darlings Meats brought everyone back to a simpler, happier time. People came from all over just to get one of those famous subs but Christmas time was Reeves favorite. There was nothing he enjoyed more than cutting and tying the most beautiful prime rib roast. Due to unforeseen medical circumstances, the doors were closed on the family business for the last time in 2016. It was a very rough time and Reeves struggled thinking he would never work again. Thankfully, Reeves healed and eventually made his way back to Alaska again and Alaska Commercial Company where he was last employed, working alongside his wife and son. While there he made friends with a few very special people. Greg Dahl, Mike McNally and especially Walt Pickett to whom he was very grateful to for giving him the opportunity to provide for his family one last time. At Reeves's request he was sent off in his ACC shirt & the very last Darlings Meats & Provisions hat.

 

Reeves is survived by his best friend and the love of his life, his wife Karen, his daughter Kayla Elizabeth "Honey Bunch" and soon to be son in law Tommy Ferguson, his son Reeves Andrew "Bub". Sisters and brothers in law, Debra (Gary)Taylor, Freeport, TX, Lisa (Dave) Butler, Greene, NY. Uncle John “Punk”  Menhennett and his cousin John R Menhennett (Molly), Fla. Aunt Kathy Mellen, Fla. Brothers in law Matt (Sue) Theodore, Oxford NY, Andrew (Jennifer) Theodore, TX. Sisters in law Tracy Menhennett, Endicott, NY, Nancy Marshall, Binghamton, NY. His nieces, Katelin "Katerdid,” Jenifer "Murphy”, Danielle "Muggy Wump,” Caitlin and Brianna. His nephews Eddie, Andy, Ryan, Dalton "Double D" and Jesse "Midget.” His lifelong best friends Willie (Mara) Warren and James (Sheila) Strawn. who were with him until the end. Along with many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, great nieces and nephews and cherished friends, especially Jim and Colleen Bulger and family.

 

Reeves lived for his children. All he did was for them. He taught his Honey Bunch to march to the beat of her own drum & she has certainly not let him down. He taught his son to always be kind and giving. Reeves shared his love of music with both of them. Kayla and him would go from AC/DC to B.B. King & then he would be singing Butterfly Kisses to her. From the day Bub was born Reeves played Cat Stevens for him and so began his son's love of all genres of music.

 

At Reeves’s request, there will not be any formal services. There will be a celebration of his life to be announced at a later date. Those wishing to honor Reeves may do so by donating to the Delaware Valley Humane Society, PO Box 182, Sidney, NY 13838 or at dvhsny.org.  Online condolences may be made at:   www.omaddenfh.com.

 

"LOVE AND HAPPINESS IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT." - REEVES

 

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