Funeral services for Frankie Reeves, age 97, of Shakopee, MN and formerly of Mobridge, were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge. Burial was in the Timber Lake Cemetery. Visitation was from 3-5 at the funeral home Friday. Frankie passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in Shakopee.
Frankie was born to Frank and Grace (Duncan) Rickels on December 9, 1915, in Terry County, TX at the Brownfield Ranch. Frankie’s father was ranch foreman of the Brownfield Ranch. The ranch was large, boasting of fifty-three sections where they raised cattle and horses. Frankie attended college at Texas Tech at Lubbock majoring in clothing and design. Frankie was an exceptional seamstress sewing much of her own clothing. She was noted for her unique design and fabric in her western shirts that she made for her husband, Arthur and her two boys, Dean and Buzz. Frankie was very creative. She knitted afghans for all of her grandchildren. She always seemed to be in the middle of some kind of creative project.
After college, she worked for Rural Rehabilitation in 1934 and 1935. Arthur worked for the Brownfield Ranch as a foreman and wrangler of one of the divisions. This is where the legacy began. Frankie and Arthur were married at Lamesa, TX on August 3, 1935. When a severe drought had hit Texas, Frankie and Arthur packed up and moved their family to Colorado. By then, they had two boys, Dean and Gene (Buzz). They lived near Trinchera and Trinidad for the next six years.
In 1949, Frankie once again packed up her family and moved to the Dupree and Eagle Butte, SD area. Over the years she had moved 28 times, with the majority moves being in South Dakota. In 1960, Arthur went to work for the South Dakota Stockgrowers as a Brand Inspector, his first job was in Sioux Falls, SD. While living in Sioux Falls, Frankie became the secretary for Sioux Valley Hospital on the postoperative floor. She worked there until they were transferred to Corsica, SD. Not one to stay idle, Frankie went to work as a receptionist and assistant to an optometrist, Dr. Stekely, in Platte, SD. She worked there for over eight years. The family then moved to Winner, SD. After several years there, they moved to Bison, then Mobridge. When Frankie’s health got to where she couldn’t be alone, she went to live with her grandson, D’Aun Reeves, his wife Sharon and their family. She loved her new home at Shakopee, MN, where she became part of their family and family activities.
During all Frankie and Arthur’s moves, their horses went with them. Buzz tells of unloading 45 head of mares off the train at Midland, SD and trailing them 75 miles north to Dupree, SD when they came to South Dakota in 1949. Frankie and Arthur became renowned South Dakota Quarter Horse Breeders. Their breeding stock boasted of the famous pedigrees of Tom Baker, Bartender, Bar Nothing Springer, Harmon King and FerTidy. They were awarded the 50 year AQHA Legacy award in 1998. The old adage, “Beside every successful man, stands a remarkable woman,” describes Frankie to the letter. Through all of the moving, the ups and downs of life, Frankie never faltered. She was a determined, resilient lady. Her family was the most important thing to her and she tried to keep in touch in some way with all of them.
Frankie is survived by one son, Gene “Buzz” (Faye) Reeves, grandchildren: D’Aun (Sharon)Reeves, Shakopee, MN; Kevin Reeves, Chamberlain, SD; JoBeth (Justin) Swires Cody WY; Kip Reeves, Houston, TX; Melissa (Jason) Wientjes, Delta, CO; Jim (Jana) Reeves, Midland, SD; Bobby (Paul) Palczewski, Ludlow, SD; Mary (Wade) Mitzel, Belle Fourche, SD; Tom (Carmin) Reeves, Athens, TX, 25 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, one son, Dean, and her parents, Frank and Grace Rickels.