July 11, 1926 ~ February 19, 2020
Jon Sanford “Sandy” Reeves 7/11/1926 - 2/19/2020
Jon Sanford Reeves, born on July 11, 1926, passed away Wednesday, February 19th. He was a kind, loving and thoughtful husband to his wife Gulli, and father to his children; Jon “Kris” and Teresa. He was a proud grandfather of two grandsons, Justin and Kristoffer, and one granddaughter, Kirsten. He also shared a love of the sea with his sister Jeannie who passed in 2015. He was 93 years old.
Jon was born in Durant Oklahoma, and known by friends and family as “Sandy”. His parents Roloff and Catherine Reeves owned and operated a livestock and feed ranch in Bennington, Oklahoma which provided opportunity for Sandy and his sister to foster an appreciation for animals and the outdoors. He loved riding his horse “Paint”, fishing, playing with his dog “Pal” and engaging in general mischief around the ranch. The family vacationed regularly, including several trips to Los Angeles and Long Beach during his youth, where he and his sister enjoyed sunny days at the beach.
In 1942, after his first year of High School, Sandy left the family ranch (known as “Circle R Ranch”) to enroll in the Oklahoma Military Academy. After graduating, he enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 and honorably served as an Aviation Ordinanceman and gunner in World War II. During his service, he served in a search and rescue mission out of the Banana River Naval Air Station into the Bermuda Triangle.
Sandy continued his education after the War at Oklahoma A&M College and at the University of Arizona before settling in California in 1951 where he began a career in the aerospace industry. Sandy was active in the Chamber of Commerce in El Segundo where he lived for three years before moving to Manhattan Beach in 1963. Sandy met his wife Gulli Pers soon thereafter. They married in 1970 and started a family in Manhattan Beach where they enjoyed raising their two children.
While working to support his family, Sandy enjoyed camping, scouting, fishing, antiquing, winemaking and gem collecting adventures with his friends and family. He retired in 1991, concluding his 39 year aerospace career as a Logisitics Director with Northrop Grumman Aerospace.
Sandy is survived by his wife Gulli, daughter Teresa, son “Kris”, and three grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
All are welcome to attend Sandy’s Memorial and Military Interment Ceremony on Thursday March 12th, 2020: Memorial services will be held on Thursday March 12th, 9:00am at the Lighthouse Memorial Center, 901 Torrance Blvd. in Redondo Beach. After the Memorial, Sandy will be interred at the Riverside National Cemetery with a short military honor ceremony beginning at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Sandy’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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