Weldon “Red” Reynolds

 

Weldon “Red” Reynolds walked into the arms of the Lord on Friday March 3, 2017. Red was born November 19, 1921 in McCaulley, Texas to Mac and Grace Reynolds. He was the oldest of five children. 

Red enlisted in the Army Air Corp May 19, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. He served as an airplane maintenance technician. He was in numerous campaigns and battles in WWII, and received many commendations. He achieved the rank of Tech. Sergeant in the 69th Fighter Squadron. He was honorably discharged November 18, 1945. Upon returning from the service, Red farmed with his father and attended Texas Tech University, where he received a B.S. in Animal Husbandry. 

In 1946, he met Margaret Carr. They were married August 31, 1947. Red and Margaret graduated from college in 1948. They settled in Lubbock, Texas, then moved and farmed in Cotton Center, Texas. Wanting to explore more of God’s beautiful country, they relocated to Monse, Wash. in 1958 with their four children in tow. Red and his “partner in crime,” Dusty Bordner, built and started a pellet mill for manufacturing livestock feed. After many years of operating the pellet mill, Red began farming hay and eventually planted apple trees. Red and Margaret were orchardists for approximately 25 years. During that time, Red served on the Brewster School Board, Brewster Flat Irrigation District board of directors, T.V. reception District number 3 board of directors, and the Southern Baptist board of directors. 

He was a member of Toastmasters, and the Civil Air Patrol. He sang with the Apollo Club and was a Deacon and song leader at the Calvary Baptist Church, which he was instrumental in building in 1964. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, welding, and inventing tools that made home and garden tasks easier. He loved taking grandchildren on tractor rides. Red had a sense of humor that could make you smile in the worst of circumstances and could always find the silver-lining behind the clouds. 

Red was preceded in death by his parents, Mac and Grace Reynolds, his siblings, Berniece (Joe) Robinson, D.C. (Betty) Reynolds, Billie Reynolds, Roberta (Dale) Johnson, son-in-laws Mike Marshall and Hal Fisher, brother-in-law, Travis “Mike” Powell, and nephew Michael Powell. 

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 69 1/2 years, Margaret, daughter Peggy and husband Larry, son David and wife Vicky, daughter Karen, daughter Rhea and husband Skip, sister-in-laws Sue Reynolds and Millie Powell, 8 grandchildren and  their spouses, 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. 

Services will be held Saturday March 18, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Brewster Wash. Following the service, we invite you to gather at a potluck in the church reception area and share your memories of Red. 

On the morning Red went home to heaven, he sang “I’m Going Home” and “Have Faith in God” and told people about his faith until 10 minutes before he left this world. He was a friend and mentor to many and left a lasting impression on all those he met. He will be in our hearts forever.  

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