Michael “Mike” Phelps Prescott Reeder, 66
Michael “Mike” Phelps Prescott Reeder
Michael “Mike” Phelps Prescott Reeder, 66, of Superior, Montana, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, following a heart attack.
Mike was born in Key West, Florida, the second of six children born to Mary L. and John E. Reeder. As a military family they moved a bit in Mike’s younger years; he graduated from Robinson High School in Fairfax, Virginia before attending The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. as a Theatre major. Upon his retirement from acting, Mike headed to Montana, a place he found beautiful and serene.
Mike moved to Superior to enjoy a more “genuine” life and natural lifestyle. He loved Superior, its people, and the incredible natural surroundings. Mike started his career in New York on Broadway. From there he moved to soap operas becoming a principle in All My Children and various rolls in Another World, The Guiding Light and the Doctor. Mike longed for the “big screen” so decided to head west. In LA he worked in several movies as a supporting actor. He is probably most recognized for his work commercials. The one that impacted his life most was a 1995 Chevy "Like a Rock" commercial. This commercial introduced him to Montana and fueled his love for the great state and his desire to make it his home.
Mike enjoyed were cooking, entertaining, and filling a room with love and laughter. He loved water, mountains, and all aspects of nature. His hobbies included hiking, fishing, photography, and anything that allowed him to be outdoors. He was incredibly passionate about his website https://simplyamerica.net, which he described as “A journey of discovery into the shared heart and soul of America.”
Mike was a dedicated son, uncle, brother, and friend. He is survived by his mother, five siblings, a host of nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great- nephews who all know him as their Montana Cowboy. Mike was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
The family will hold an intimate celebration of life in the summer of 2022.
If you wish, please make a donation in his name to St. Patrick House in Missoula who so kindly provided the family with an affordable and private space of comfort to rest, process and plan during this difficult time.
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