Reynolds, Robert G.
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Robert "Bob" G. Reynolds, 92, of Baraboo, formerly of Madison and Wausau, died on Dec 18, 2013, at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo.
Bob was born in Tomahawk and raised in Wausau, the only child of Guy and Anne (nee, Extrom) Reynolds. As with many of his generation he grew up with little in the way of material things, especially during the Great Depression years. He attended Irving Grade School, then the old Junior High, and then Wausau Senior High, where he first met Alice Hooker who would later become his wife and love of his life. His summers included many golden hours spent at the old Riverside (later MacDonald) Municipal Pool, where he eventually became a ticket seller, lifeguard, and championship three-meter diver. Bob graduated from Wausau High in 1939 receiving the Henry Brush Huntington award as outstanding male graduate based on "scholarship, manliness, and character." He went to Madison and the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 1939 and graduated in 1943 with a B.S. in accounting. Shortly thereafter, he entered the U.S. Navy, attended officer candidate school at Columbia University in New York, and served as a Lieutenant (j.g.) aboard an LST in the Atlantic theater (invasion of southern France, August 1944) and then in the Pacific theater until the end of World War II. While on a short leave in January 1945 he and Alice were married in Boston.
After the war Bob and Alice became parents to two sons, Bob (in 1945) and Guy (in 1948). They moved to Eau Claire, where Bob worked as an accountant, first with the Wisconsin Department of Taxation (1946) and then the U.S. Rubber Company (1947-48). He decided he wanted to be an educator and so after obtaining his certificate he began teaching business education. From 1948 to 1950 he taught at Chippewa Falls High School. In 1950, Bob was offered a chance to return home to Wausau. He and Alice seized the opportunity. Bob taught business education at Wausau High for the next 12 years (1950-1962), obtaining his Masters Degree from U.W. Madison along the way (1953), while Alice managed the home. During this time Bob also taught night courses at what was then known as the Wausau Vocational Technical School, and was instrumental in starting the Wausau Education Association Credit Union. One of the highlights of his classroom teaching career was when the class of 1959 dedicated the "Wahiscan" yearbook to him. Bob and Alice continued to raise their sons to appreciate sports, music and education - all important parts of their life together.
Bob's interest in education evolved to school administration, and in 1962 he became an assistant principal at Wausau (later East) High. He served in this capacity until 1970, save for 1966, when he served one year as a supervisor in what was then the Office of Business Education in the state Department of Public Instruction.
In 1970, Bob and Alice moved to West Allis and then UW-Stout in Menomonie where Bob held accounting positions. He missed direct contact with students and teachers and desired to return to high school administration. Fortunately there was an opening at Madison West High School, and he served there as an assistant principal from 1971 through 1978. Bob then worked as an accountant for the Madison School District, a position he held until retiring in 1986. During these years, sons Bob and Guy were married, and the families also grew to include four grandchildren whom Bob and Alice loved dearly.
Throughout the years, Bob remained an avid sports fan, and the family participated in many activities, from skiing and baseball to swimming and golf. "Retirement" included trips with Alice to Arizona, enjoying grandchildren, and much golf, at Odana and Cherokee Country Clubs. Bob also continued to play racquetball (a substitute for handball which he played 2-3 times per week in earlier years at the "Y" in Wausau) until the age of 75. He also worked part-time at Banker's Bank in Madison. Bob left his part-time work and quit golfing in 1999 to take care of Alice who was now ill with Alzheimer's Disease. In 2000, Bob and Alice moved to Baraboo for health reasons and to be near Guy's family. There, Bob visited Alice daily, reading notes from their respective 1939 "Wahiscans", viewing pictures from their youth, walking, and holding hands, until her death in 2004.
From 2000 until his death, Bob resided in Baraboo, including at Greenbriar, Meadow Ridge, then Meadow View and finally St. Clare Meadows. He was most appreciative of the care and attention he received. While in Baraboo, he continued to follow closely both his favorite sports teams, and the lives and careers of his children and grandchildren.
Bob loved life, valued education for all, and always cared deeply about his students and teaching colleagues. His family will remember him for his lifelong interest in sports, his dedication to hard work and education, and his love for his family.
He is survived by his sons, Rev. Dr. Robert C. Reynolds (Vicki) of Chicago and Hon. Guy D. Reynolds (Mary) of Baraboo; and grandchildren, Kristin of New York City, NY., Jesse (Rebecca) of St. Paul, Minn., Anna of Madison, and Suzy of Madison.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church, 416 Ash St., in Baraboo, with Rev. Lisa Taylor and Rev. Dr. Robert C. Reynolds co-officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Private interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wausau School Foundation at www.thefoundationwsd.org, Foundation for Madison's Public Schools at www.fmps.org, Baraboo Community Scholarship Corp., First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo or to a
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Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Dec. 23, 2013