Lawrence A. "Jack" Reynolds

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Lawrence A. "Jack" Reynolds, 91, Piper City, died at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church in Piper City with the Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Burial will be in Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City. Military rites will be by the Piper City American Legion Gibb Post 588.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Jack was born on June 23, 1921, in LaHogue, a son of Howard F. and Ester Mary Haubach Reynolds. HIs childhood was spent in LaHogue. He attended the Haubach and Ryan country schools.
He married the former Betty Jean Malany on January 18, 1951, in Sheldon. She preceded him in death on August 8, 1997.
Survivors include one niece, Gloria (John D.) Zirkle of Watseka; one nephew, Lawrence L. Reynold of Carolina; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friend, Eileen Martin of Piper City.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one sister, Avelda Jean Wilder; one brother, James Reynolds; and one great-nephew, Daniel James Zirkle.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Piper City.
Jack was a WWII veteran, serving with the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific. He was stationed in Guam and Patongras Island, where the Loran Station operated; from there, long-range navigation to Japan for the atomic bomb was planned, and other bombing runs.
He farmed with his father until WWII. When he was discharged, he worked at the Standard Oil in Sheldon for four years. Then, he was a sales agent for Standard Oil Amoco in Onarga for 22 years. He also owned, operated, and retired from the Reynolds Farm Store in Piper City.
He was a fireman for Sheldon and Piper City.
Memberships included the Piper City American Legion Gibb Post 588, where he served as Commander three times and Chef de Gare of the 40-8 Illinois 571.
Arrangements by the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City.
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Published in Times Republic on Dec. 26, 2012
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