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Carl A. Reeves

World War II veteran

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POSTED May 9, 2009 1:39 a.m.
Carl A. Reeves, the son of Faye and Mitchell Reeves, was born August 15, 1924 in Gilbert, Arkansas passed away May 1, 2009 in Manteca at the age of 84.

Carl attended Lindsay (Calif.) grammar schools and Lindsay High School and graduated in 1943.

He was drafted into the Army in June of 1942 and went through basic training in Abeline, Texas. He then transferred to Biloxi, Mississippi and then to gunnery school at Tyndall Field, Florida.

He completed 32 missions as a top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator with the 15th Air Force, 451st bombing group while stationed in Foggia, Italy.

The 451st  bombing group received 2 unit citations, one for valor and the other for courage and service.

He was discharged in September of 1945 from McClellan Field as a staff sergeant in Sacramento.

Following his tour of duty he married his high school sweetheart, Donnie Mae Young on May 10, 1945.

He taught school for 32 years and retired in 1983.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and most of all riding his motorcycle in the mountains and being with family.

He was a former member of the Odd Fellows Lodge; he was a Boy Scout Leader, a member for the Lion’s Club of Manteca and lifetime C.T.A. member.

He was preceded in death by his brother Dennis Elmo Reeves.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Donnie Reeves and his brother Silas Truman Reeves and also his three children; Linda Aksland and her  husband Richard, Karen Munoz and her husband Andrew and Lindey Reeves and his wide Ann.; seven grandchildren; Jeff and Romey Aksland of Manteca Calif., Karie Aksland of Manteca, Michael and Karen M. Munoz of Cameron Park, Calif., Chris and Mary Munoz of San Mateo, Calif., Jeremy and Karen Reeves of Ripon, Calif. , Josh and Becky Reeves of Ripon, and Jennifer and Sam Garcia of Santa Cruz, Calif.

He had 13 great-grandchildren.

Services have been held.

Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Park View Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, May 9 , 2009
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