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Jeffrey Reeder

Jeffrey Reeder

Monday, January 10th, 1955 Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

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Obituary for Jeffrey Paul Reeder

Jeffrey Paul Reeder passed away peacefully Saturday, May 2, 2020 at his home in Bonner Springs, Kansas. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on January 10, 1955 to Richard and Charlene (Zvacek) Reeder. He owned and operated JM Furniture Restoration.
A well-known Midwest musician, Jeff played in a number of bands that began in high school, maintaining life-long friendships with many childhood classmates. Self-taught, he was a freelance musician and enjoyed playing guitar at live jams and events, as well as for children and his dog. He loved fishing with his dad who he called “Silver Fox” and his sons Jourdan and Keaton. He was happy anytime he was close to, or on the water. He was the Reeder family historian, often sharing old family photos and stories. He was a gifted photographer with a true artist’s eye, photographing family, friends and just the simple beauty he often found in everything all around him.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father Richard “Dick” Reeder. He is survived by his mother, Charlene Reeder, Cedar Rapids, IA, and his 2 sons, Jourdan (Melinda) ) Reeder, Cedar Rapids, and Keaton Reeder, Chicago. He is also survived by four grandchildren who filled his heart with joy, Zakiya, Nolan, Archer and Brynn Reeder; 3 siblings, David (Malka) Reeder, Ron (Laurie) Reeder, Bonnie (Geoff) Weck, many nieces and nephews and 2 former wives, Mary Gehris (Schulte) and Marti (Nesbitt) Reeder. He will be remembered for his kind, gentle, and free-spirited nature.
A memorial service is planned for summer. Memorials in Jeff’s name may be made to a humane society or Blues In The Schools Program.
One of Jeff’s favorite quotes was; “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”

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Debbie Brooks

Jeff was such a good friend from way back. Music drew a lot of us together & Jeff was always such a joy to be around! Great smile, always gracious & interested in what everyone was doing at the time. His deep love of music filled his soul & was a gift to those who were listening. Although he moved away from CR, we still stayed in touch. I will miss you dear friend!
Comment | Posted at 08:49am via Condolence
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Sara Long

Dear Mrs. Reeder, Ron and the entire Reeder family, John and I were very saddened to learn of Jeff’s passing. It was always a pleasure to see Jeff at various places throughout the years. He had a contagious smile, a kind and gentle spirit and he made sure you knew you had a friend in him. Although it’s sad that Jeff’s life here on earth was too short, we feel confident that he was called home to fill the heavens with his favorite music and contagious laughter. Continued prayers of peace and comfort to you all.

John and Sara Long
Comment | Posted at 12:55am via Condolence
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Patrick Schulte

One of my favorite memories was when I had a one bedroom apartment in uptown Minneapolis. Jeff and a friend and to visit and stay the night. He and his friend slept on the pullout couch in the tiny space around the corner from my bedroom. I was just trying to make ends meet, and it was so nice to have him visit. He genuinely cared about how you were doing, always. I made them pancakes in the morning on my tiny stove. He was a caring, loving soul, just like my nephews, whom I love dearly. I find comfort that he is now in the arms of his savior. God bless the Reeder family and all who were fortunate enough to know Jeff!
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Becky O’Connell

Jeff you definitely left us too soon. Such a gentle soul with a great smile. Feel fortunate to have known you for the last 50 plus years. Sincere condolences to your family. Memories will be cherished.
Comment | Posted at 10:06pm via Condolence
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Thomas Raher

My sincere condolences to the family. Our dads were best buds a long time ago. I was older than Jeff but we became good friends from afar. He shined!
Tom Raher
Comment | Posted at 06:17pm via Condolence
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