Donald "Don" Reeves

Donald "Don" Reeves


December 8, 1926 - July 9, 2023


Donald "Don" Reeves, 96, of White Lake, SD, died Sunday, July 9, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving family in his home. Celebration of life services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 18, at RiverTree Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Donald Burdette Reeves was born December 8, 1926, to George and Luella (Hardacre) Reeves in a farmhouse. As a young adult, Don lived in several locations, but eventually purchased the farm where he grew up a mile from where he was born.

Don attended school in White Lake and dropped out of school on his 17th birthday to join the Navy, where he briefly served during the end of WWII as a SeaBee. Don was incredibly proud of his WWII service, especially since he was the oldest veteran in Aurora County prior to his passing. Don was also proud of his honorary high school degree granted to him by the city of White Lake.

During his life, Don had various occupations including welding, truck driving, and farming. He started commercial pheasant hunting in 1984, which continued until he passed the operation on to his son Rodney.

On June 16, 1953, Don married Genevieve Howard in Mt Vernon, South Dakota. They were married 66 years.

Don was active in church, regularly heard saying, “glory be to Jesus,” a conservationist, planting tens of thousands of trees on his farm, and a staunch supporter of the 2nd amendment.

Don is survived by three sons, Rodney (Sharon) of White Lake, David (Alejandra--deceased) of Yulee, Fl, and Keith (Karen) of La Verne, CA. Also grateful for sharing his life are his 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Genevieve, three brothers: Warren, Bill, and Winfred, and two sisters: Marge and Florence, and a great-great grandson.


Monday, July 17, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, July 18, 2023
10:30 AM
RiverTree Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Chris wallace on October 9, 2023
A great man and will be missed !!!
Loved pheasant hunting with him for years !!!
Loved God !!!!
Posted by Paula Ness Northrup on July 21, 2023
Sincere condolences to Don’s children and extended family. He was a fixture at the front door of Mitchell Wesleyan all the years I attended there, greeting folks with a strong handshake and hearty welcome. Keith, you got your dad’s big, genuine smile. 😊 May God bless and comfort each of you, and bring to mind many happy memories of a life lived full-out for Christ.
Posted by Pam Mason Stransky on July 18, 2023
Don was always such a pleasant man and always mixed me up with my oldest sister which is normal for me and my sisters, but he was so pleasant and such a good servant of God, he will be missed!
Posted by Kelli & Dan Rehorst on July 17, 2023
Sorry for your loss! Will always remember conversations with Don at Trail King. He will be missed. Thinking of you.
Posted by Ethan Jones on July 17, 2023
Glad that the Sell Family introduced me to Don and I was able to go on several hunts at his Pheasant ranch. Truly a down to earth gentleman with an amazing outlook on life!
Posted by Mark and Retha Engle on July 16, 2023
Don will be very much missed. His hugs, smiles and hopeful outlook on life brought a smile to us whenever we saw him.
Posted by Wayne Mueller on July 15, 2023
There are so many positive and encouraging things one could say about the life of Don Reeves. One that I would share is that he lived life to the fullest. Everyday was a gift to him and he so easy saw value in other people he met. One of his often quoted verses is in Psalm 118:24-'This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.' My life is better because I knew Don and the joy he shared with me.
Posted by Kevin "Smoke" Lanners on July 15, 2023
So sorry for your family's loss! Always a pleasure visiting with Don when he would walk through the plant aka Trail King. 🙏🙏
Posted by Rhonda McGregor on July 14, 2023
Ol' Smiley Don - rest in peace my friend - you will be missed
Posted by Christine Taylor on July 13, 2023
I will remember my sister’s Father-in-law, Don, as a happy and friendly man. He spoke of the great love he had for his wife. They are together once again.
Posted by Brian Eberhard on July 13, 2023
Knew Don for 50 plus years and always liked him. I know he's in peace and in heaven now !
Posted by Joe Anderson on July 13, 2023
The world will be a lesser place without you Don.
Posted by Bonnie Eberhard Orr on July 13, 2023
Don was such as special person....always had a big smile and a hug, and a Glory be to Jesus" to brighten our day.
Posted by Jeffrey Johnson on July 13, 2023
RIP OLD Buddy. You will be missed. As you always said "GOD BLESS YOU"
Posted by Donna Lang on July 13, 2023
RIP Don,I will remember you with happy thoughts of how we would come out and help with the Pheasant Hunts in the beginning years.God love ya !
Posted by Colleen Glissendorf on July 13, 2023
Don was a very kind hearted man always made you feel good his words and kindness will be missed!!
Posted by Brian Carmody on July 13, 2023
i worked at the Cenex station when they sold gas across from County Fair. many Sunday mornings Don would stop for gas and come in and visit too long, because pretty soon his wife would be out in the car honking the horn. Aways had a smile and a God Bless !!! Rest in peace Don
Posted by Wendy and Greg on July 13, 2023
Don was the best! Even when he "visited" church in Azusa, CA he was like our own personal greeter making people feel loved and special. What an inspiration in modeling Jesus' unconditional love.
Posted by Jeff Brown on July 13, 2023
Proud to have him be my Uncle Don.
Posted by Paul Lehman-Schletewitz on July 13, 2023
We were blessed to have spent time over the years with Don. I have known three men who have shown me what aging in the grace of Jesus can look like... Don was one of them, and I have prayed for many years that if God has for me to live a long life that I might live it as Don lived his and love that I may love others as Don loved others as Don loved others. I am sorry for the loss of this light of Jesus in this world
Posted by Gary & Dorothy Schreiner on July 13, 2023
Don was truly a great & happy man. He loved everyone & everyone loved him! God bless his soul! It was an honor to know him !
Posted by Wes and Cat Hobbie on July 12, 2023
Our deepest sympathy to Rodney, David, Keith, and family. You are in our prayers.
Posted by Dennis Martin on July 12, 2023
"GOD love ya" was Don's usual greeting. He was an inspiration to me as a young man when my father passed in 1975. Because of Jesus we will meet again. Our prayers for comfort to all his family.
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett & Family on July 12, 2023
Thoughts and prayers
Posted by Dwayne Range on July 12, 2023
Sorry for your loss,
Posted by Lena Dykstra-Dykstra on July 12, 2023
My sympathy to Rodney, David, and Kieth. My your Dad rest in peace. He,s with your Mother now. Always rememder your Dad's smile. Always a happy man. And would always go to A/C Store for a candy run, then come to the school with the treats. Just 1 of many good memories. God Bless all this family.
Posted by Jim Hoffmann on July 11, 2023
God Bless You my ol' friend
Posted by Vickie Blindauer on July 11, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all
Posted by Shawn Frey on July 11, 2023
I'm sure right now my Dad and Don are smiling ear to ear in conversation about ring necks and tail feathers.
Posted by Matt Wilgers on July 11, 2023
There are few certainties in life, but I am absolutely certain that Don is sitting beside Jesus at this very moment! Don was one of the most excellent people on this planet and I truly cherish every moment that I shared with him!
Posted by Ken and Eileen on July 10, 2023
Sorry to hear about Don. Enjoyed his singing on Facebook. Thinking of you.
Posted by Eliza Walter on July 10, 2023
He will be missed greatly he was a great guy
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