Joseph W. Reeves Sr., 64, a retired Army captain who later established his own antique store in Damascus, Md., died Wednesday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring of a mesenteric thrombosis, an abdominal disorder.
Capt. Reeves, who was born in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, and reared in Townsend, Mass., enlisted in the Army in 1937. During World War II, he was sent to Officer Candidate School and commissioned. After the war, he served in Europe, where he helped set up an air traffic control network, and then, from 1955 until his retirement in 1960, in Alaska.
In 1961, he moved to the Washington area and settled in Silver Spring. He worked in the real estate business and for some years was the office manager for the Earl Waterson Real Estate Co. in Silver Spring. In 1974, he opened the Old Tool Shed, an antique store in Damascus. He operated the business until his death.
Capt. Reeves was a 32nd degree Mason of the Fairbanks, Alaska, Scottish Rite Lodge, and a member of the St. Paul Masonic Lodge in Ayer, Mass., VFW Post No. 2562 in Wheaton, Elks Lodge No. 1677 in Silver Spring and the Cissel-Saxon American Legion Post, also in Silver Spring.
Survivors include his wife, Ola M. Reeves of Silver Spring; a son, Joseph W. Jr. of Albany, N.Y.; two daughters, JoAnn Patterson of Rockville and Nancy Reeves of Fairbanks; four brothers, Edward A. and Harold E., both of Townsend, Calvin of Perryville, Md., and Ernest J. of Nashua, N.H.; two sisters, Ella M. Nicholson of Leominster, Mass., and Marguery Navaroli of Nashua, and two grandchildren.