Ronald J. "RJ"
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Ronald J. Reynolds ("RJ", "Poppy"), 76, son of the late Matthew G. and M. Isabelle (McCann) Reynolds, joined his Creator on April 3, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy; sons, Michael of N. Liberty, Iowa, Patrick (Esther) of Decatur, Ill., John (Marie) of San Leandro, Calif., and Phil Edwards (Lisa) of Springfield, Ill.; daughters, Kathy Wise (Ron) of Springfield, Peggy Cormeny (Tom) of Springfield, Suellen Wanless (Paul dec.) of Rockton, Ill., and Angie Breedlove (Steve) of Avon, Ind.; sister, Mary Sue Dowson of Auburn; 21 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and 15 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Paul; daughter, Mary; grandson, Abraham; and brother, David Hurlan.
RJ earned a degree in Fire Science from Lincoln Land Community College and proudly served as a firefighter for the Springfield Fire Department where he was an officer on the Pension Board and also held the honor of being elected President of Firefighters' Union Local 37. He completed his professional career working for the Illinois State Fire Marshall's Office as an inspector.
He retired to Florida at the end of 2000 and recently moved to Indianapolis, Ind., to be closer to family. He will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 19 from 3-8 p.m. at the Firefighters Postal Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Dr., Springfield, IL, where friends are welcome to join in the tribute.
Family is requesting donations be made to
, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38105 or 800-805-5856.