Robert E. Reynolds

May 8, 1932–July 4, 2020

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Robert Edward Reynolds, age 88, Joplin, MO passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in his home surrounded by family after a short fight with cancer.

Robert was born on May 8, 1932 in Burlington, KS, son of Charles W. and Hazel L. (Dall) Reynolds. He grew up in LeRoy, KS where he graduated from high school.

He enlisted in the Air Force and served 4 years including two years of active duty in Korea during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he served in the Army National Guard.

On December 24, 1954, Bob married Betty Lou Ingwersen of LeRoy, KS.

Bob earned a Bachelor Degree of Education from Emporia State University. He taught high school and junior college Chemistry for many years. He worked for Eagle Picher Industries for 4 years as a Chemist, built fiberglass bass boats, owned & operated two canoe/camping operations in McDonald County and worked for the Army Corp of Engineers as a boat ranger and lock operator before retiring. Bob enjoyed restoring campers and motorhomes. He enjoyed camping and fishing, spending many hours teaching the grandkids to fish. He was always willing to help a friend or family member. He put his multiple talents and skills to good use his entire life.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Reynolds, and two sisters, Betty Henkle and Anita Burns.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of 65 years. Two children, Pam Braeckel of Joplin, MO, and Don Reynolds of Inola, OK. Five grandchildren, Robert W. Reynolds of Bradenton, FL; Bridget Silva of Joplin, MO; Brandon Reynolds of Pineville, MO; Eric Braeckel of Lebanon, OH; and Patrick Braeckel of Oronogo, MO. Ten great-grandchildren, Madison, Katelyn, Rick, Alex, Reece, Nolan, Blake, Josiah, Watson, and Issac. Three sisters, Shirley Greninger of Joplin, MO; Helen Frew of Georgia; Catherine Peters of Junction City, KS.

Services will be held in the Open-Air Chapel at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin, MO on Saturday, July 18 at 11:00 am.

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