H. Kenneth Reynolds Jr., of Belleville, Ill., born Nov. 17, 1925, in East St. Louis, Ill., and who devoted the next 88 years of his life to his Christian faith, serving his community and country, and unconditionally loving his family until he passed away Monday, April 14, 2014.
While in college, Ken volunteered to join the army and help defend his country in Europe. After serving honorably, Ken returned home, earned a Bachelor's degree in business at DePauw University, Indiana, and began working at Swift & Company where he rose to General Manager. He immersed himself in numerous community organizations including the Rotary Club of Belleville (serving as President), the Belleville City Planning Commission (for 25 years), the Belleville Zoning Board of Appeals, the AMCE Board of Southwestern Metropolitan Planning Commission (Chairman), Senior Aides Advisory Council of the P.S.O.P. (Chairman); Belleville Visitors and Industry Committee (Chairman), BEPI (Ambassador), Friends of the Public Library (Charter Member), and the Advisory Board of Belleville Rainbow for Girls. He was also a member of the Missouri Athletic Club, and the St. Clair Country Club. After retiring from Swift, Ken continued his service to the city as Belleville's First Budget Officer. He retired from this position in 1987 and enjoyed traveling across the world, golf, and ballroom dancing. However, the highlight of Ken's retirement years was spending time with his grandchildren. Ken was always a constant source of love and kindness for his family. His example of a life lived well will remain for friends and family to cherish.
He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Kenneth and Marguerite, nee Wiegmann, Reynolds Sr.; a brother, John Carson Reynolds; and a sister-in-law Patty (William) Volk.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 61 years, Peggy Reynolds, nee Miller; his two daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Peck and Patricia (Patrick) Watkins; eight grandchildren, David, Stephen (Analyn), Daniel (Carolyn), Jacquelyn and Elizabeth Peck; Christine (Chris) Gooding, Chad and Eric Watkins; two great-grandchildren, Adiron Peck and Addison Gooding; and five nieces, Lynn, Jeanne, Viki, Becky, and Terri.
Memorials may be made to Belleville District 201 for an educational scholarship to be set up in the names of H. Kenneth & Peggy Reynolds.
Visitation: Friends and family may call before the service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Belleville, Ill. Private entombment was held at the Valhalla Mausoleum, Belleville, Ill.
BRAUN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, Cahokia, Ill.
Braun Colonial Funeral Home
3701 Falling Springs Rd Cahokia, IL 62206
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 18, 2014