John V. Reeves

John V. Reeves was born March 6, 1933 in Ashfork, Ariz. the son of Emma Mae Cox and John Vietch Reeves. He passed away in his home surrounded by his immediate family in Cortez on April 11, 2012 at the age of 79.

John was a strong and independent man who enjoyed a life of work as well as travel. He began his career in Tempe, Ariz. with Salt River Project in March of 1968 as a clerk, and later became a journeyman steam plant mechanic. John was an active member in his local union IBEW local 266 for over 25 years. He went from being a member to Vice-President, and ultimately President for nearly 10 years.

During the earlier years in his life he served actively in the U.S. military as a 3rd class Yeoman. John married the love of his life, Virginia Lee Vest, on Aug. 21, 1960. Together, the two of them had five wonderful and beloved children, Leann E. Rasmussen of Apache Junction, Ariz., Robert W. Reeves (and wife Tamiey) of Hutto, Texas, Pamela S. Mingua (and husband Will) of Kyle, Texas, and Phillip E. Reeves of Cortez. Also surviving John are an extended family and seven grandchildren, including grandsons Christopher Reeves, Braylon Lillard, Clayton Birch, Chance Reeves, all of Hutto, and granddaughters Krystal Rasmussen, and Samantha Rasmussen of Apache Junction, and Keyanne Rinehart of Hutto.

He was preceded in death by his second son, John V. Reeves II of Mesa, Ariz.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services are to be held at the First Baptist Church of Cortez on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 10a.m. with Military Honor Guard presence to take place.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ertel Funeral Home. The website for the funeral home is For further information and condolences, please contact First Baptist Church of Cortez at100 N. Market St., Cortez, CO 81321, phone 970-565-6555, and speak with Pauline Conner (Secretary) or Pastor Vic Powell. There will be no graveside services held.