He was born in Vigo County, April 5, 1922, the son of Joseph and Anna (Ryan) Reynolds. John attended Gerstmeyer High School through the 12th-grade. Following high school, John worked for Winslow Scale before joining the United States Army. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1946, after having served most of his tenure in Germany. Upon his return from service, he returned to Winslow Scale and later married Ethel Mae Cree Oct. 11, 1947. John began working as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in 1960 and retired in July 1984.
John was a member of the American Legion Post 2 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127, where he served as Chaplain for several years and volunteered for the Senior Citizens Center in Brazil. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, playing piano, playing cards especially Skippo and working outdoors.
John will be remembered by many as a great storyteller and took pride in telling jokes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ethel Mae Reynolds, infant daughter Georgia Ruth, half-brother Joseph Kelly, and grandson Danny Ray Reynolds.
He is survived by his son Emery Reynolds and wife Diane, Brazil, two daughters Helen Opal Reynolds, Terre Haute, and Robin Timberman and husband Bernie, Brazil, grandchildren Shannon Creech (Kevin), Tony Terrando (Joanne), Judy Terrando, BillyJoe Warnock (Meg), Bo J. Castle (Chris), Misti Timberman and Jarrod Timberman, great-grandchildren: Levi Reynolds, Madison Burt, Marcus Creech, Elexis Creech, Liam Terrando, Lauren Terrando, Courtney Warnock, Joshua Warnock, Deanna Castle, Luke Castle and Olivia Mae Timberman, close friends Carol and Jerry Walker and Gary Stuckey, as well as many friends and several extended family members.
His family would like to extend a special thank you to John's family at the Exceptional Living Center and SouthernCare Hospice for their care and friendship during John's illness.
Services will be at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, Monday, April 11, 2011, at 5p.m., with Dusty Langley officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday, from 2 p.m., until time of services. At his request cremation will be provided. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to SouthernCare Hospice 4624 S. Springhill Junction, Terre Haute, Ind., 47802.
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