Phillip George “Bud” Reeves of Dillon passed away on Jan. 3, 2016, at Barrett Hospital in Dillon. He was born Nov. 8, 1927, in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada to Howard and Mildred Reeves. The family moved to Billings and then to Lovell, Wyo., Rapelje, Shawmut and eventually Alder, Mont., and he graduated from Sheridan High School in 1944 at the age of 16. Bud served two tours of duty in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1950.
Bud started working as a young man as a heavy equipment operator and was considered to be one of the best “cat skinners” in the state. He probably worked road construction on every section of the interstate in Montana.
Bud enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing all over Montana and he loved to play cribbage. He was known for his quick wit and nicknames for his friends and family.
Bud married Billy Geiger and she passed away June 1983. He married Elizabeth “Bessie” McNinch on Sept. 11, 1999. She was his soul mate, fishing partner and the only person who could out fish him.
Bud is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, his sister Lila and his brother-in-law Elmer Gee and Albert Brown.
He is survived by his wife Bessie, her niece Bernice Nadeau and family, sisters Roberta High of Twin Bridges, JoAnne Brown of Butte, nephews Dan High of Twin Bridges, Jay High of Powell, Tenn., Larry Gee of Rapelje, Richard Gee of Shephard, Billy Brown of Easton, Wash., and nieces Colleen Meyer of Stevensville, Yvonne Cappelano of Conn., and Susan Leiner of Calif.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned as per Bud’s wishes. His ashes will be scattered at his favorite fishing hole this spring. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.