ForeverMissed
LaVonne Ruth Reeves, 82, passed peacefully at The Hearth at Franklin, an assisted living facility in Franklin, TN, on February 23, 2021, with her husband, Royce, by her side. A Celebration of Life service is being planned for a later date once current social distancing recommendations are relaxed.

LaVonne was born in the family farmhouse located near Clarksville, Iowa, on May 2, 1938, to Albert and Helen (Petersen) Klunder. She was raised on that family farm and attended country school through the 8th grade. She graduated as salutatorian from Plainfield High School in 1956.

LaVonne had a passion for music that included serving as organist at her family church and pianist for the school choir. She had another passion in high school named Royce Reeves, a tall, dark, and handsome classmate. They were married on July 28, 1957.

Following their marriage, LaVonne and Royce raised their family in Charles City, Iowa, and later followed them all to California where they got to enjoy their grandchildren. They resided in Chino, California, from 1987 until 2018 when, due to LaVonne’s health issues, she and Royce moved to The Hearth.

LaVonne worked multiple banking and accounting positions thru the years along with briefly owning and operating an upholstery business.

Being a mom and grandmother were LaVonne’s greatest joys right behind her love of Jesus. She was very active in the church and devoted to the teachings of Christ. She touched many lives with her spiritual gift of service and was always ready to lend a helping hand. She hosted many gatherings of family and friends where there was always an abundance of great food, conversation, and laughter followed by an action-packed game of cards.

LaVonne’s marriage to Royce can only be described as a fairy tale romance. Their love and devotion were evident to all. They were married 63 years.

She is survived by her husband, Royce, children: Ron (Jeanine) Reeves of Fairview, TN, Dennis (Denise) Reeves of La Verne, CA, Sherrie Monaco of Hoover, AL, Charlotte (Mikhail) Jackson of Collinston, Utah, 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way. She is also survived by one brother, Dean (Pat) Klunder, three sisters: Ruth (George) Mitchell, Evelyn (David) Sanderson, and Joan (Roger) Johnston.

LaVonne is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Helen Klunder, her brother, Eldon Klunder, and son-in-law, Tom Monaco. 

Memorial contributions may be directed towards the family to be used to honor LaVonne at a later date.

Cards can be mailed to:
The Hearth at Franklin
Royce Reeves
1035 Fulton Greer Lane, Room 217
Franklin, TN  37064

Email (Royce Reeves):
Rlreeves6@gmail.com
Posted by Judy Klunder on February 25, 2021
Kelvin & I were sad to hear of LaVonne's passing. She was a great lady and will be missed. We have very fond memories of stopping at Royce & LaVonne's whenever we went to Kelvin's family for a visit. You were always greeted with a smile and of course, something to eat! Our heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. Thanks for sharing the pictures and for sharing her with us. Love to all. Kelvin & Judy Klunder
Posted by Joy Frank on February 25, 2021
Royce & family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Memories of your time in Charles City are numerous. Always enjoyed working with Lavonne. Cherish your memories.
Posted by Karen Clemmons on February 25, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the Reeves family.  Lavonne was a very sweet, lovely lady.  Prayers for your family during this difficult time

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Posted by Judy Klunder on February 25, 2021
Kelvin & I were sad to hear of LaVonne's passing. She was a great lady and will be missed. We have very fond memories of stopping at Royce & LaVonne's whenever we went to Kelvin's family for a visit. You were always greeted with a smile and of course, something to eat! Our heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. Thanks for sharing the pictures and for sharing her with us. Love to all. Kelvin & Judy Klunder
Posted by Joy Frank on February 25, 2021
Royce & family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Memories of your time in Charles City are numerous. Always enjoyed working with Lavonne. Cherish your memories.
Posted by Karen Clemmons on February 25, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the Reeves family.  Lavonne was a very sweet, lovely lady.  Prayers for your family during this difficult time
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