VERY USEFUL LESSON – Pacific High School student Madison Mercer adjusts a mirror as Matt Groen, Pacific High School teacher, shows a large class how to butcher deer meat this morning at Sitka High School. For the second year in a row Meggan Turner, Sitka High School foods and nutrition teacher, has brought in Sitka black tail deer she's harvested to demonstrate methods of processing deer meat. She says it's a great way for Sitka High and Pacific High students to learn in the same classroom. Sitka Tribe of Alaska's Charlie Skultka was on hand to share traditional stories and processing techniques. Also pictured is Pacific High student Demetri Lestenkoff. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Joseph Reeves Dies; Services are Pending

Joseph Reeves

Joseph James Reeves, administrator for the Sitka Moose Lodge and a longtime resident of Sitka, died October 6, 2018, due to complications from a previous medical condition, while in Fairbanks for a Moose Lodge convention.
He was 60.
Joe is survived by his siblings, Theresa C. Reeves, Ginger McComb, James Reeves Jr., Rita Ackerman, Dottie Drelich, and Doris Reeves; his children Joseph Reeves Jr. (Alexandra Reeves), Kenny Reeves, Keith Reeves (Samantha Reeves), Ana Reeves, Robert Poquiz, Jessica Steen, and Maegan Steen; his grandchildren Ileanna Reeves, Josie Reeves, MacKenzie Reeves, Mark Lehmkuhl, Cody Perala, Tyler Johnson, Toni Johnson, Pauline Crosby, Keelin Mead, Connor Reeves, and Ellora Phelps; and his girlfriend Maribeth McCormick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorrain Reeves and Peter Homiak; and his wife Roberta Reeves.
Joe was born in Camden City, New Jersey, on August 6, 1958, to Lorrain Reeves and Peter Homiak. After graduating from Frankford High School in Philadelphia, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He served in Cape May, N.J. and in Alabama before coming to Sitka to serve on the Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush.
On November 3, 1979, he married Suzanne Poquiz, and welcomed into his life his sons Rob, JR, Kenny, and Keith. Many years later Joe and Suzanne parted ways as friends. That’s when he met Roberta Ozawa, whom he married and remained married to until her passing in 2003.
Joe eventually remarried, and welcomed his daughter Ana into his life. A couple of years after Ana’s birth, Joe separated from Ana’s mother. After some time he met Maribeth McCormick, whom he was with at the time of his passing.
Joe was a devoted father, brother, and friend. He enjoyed many different sports that he shared with his sons, most notably Pool League and City League Softball.
He often could be found taking part in a variety of community functions and events, including being a Police and Fire Commission member. He was passionate about working to make Sitka a stronger community for his friends and family.
The most important thing in Joe’s life was his family; he often spoke about his sisters and brother, as well as how proud he was of his children and grandchildren.
He found joy in every situation; his positive outlook and warm smile were contagious. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
Services are pending. Donations for the family may be made to The Joseph Reeves Memorial Fund at ALPS Federal Credit Union.

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