Funeral services for Melvin Reynolds will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. Reverend John R. Smith will be officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Military rites will be provided by the Morris American Legion, VFW and AmVets.
Melvin Floyd Reynolds, son of Charles and Bessie (Hollister) Reynolds, was born December 27, 1932 in Morris, MN. He grew up in the Donnelly area where he completed his schooling. In 1959, Melvin joined the United States Army where he was stationed at Fort Worth in MO until he was discharged in 1963.
In December of 1964, he was united in marriage to Mary Tomoson in MN, this union resulted in three children; Tina, Teresa and Todd. Melvin, Mary and their children lived in Seattle, WA until 1971, at which time they moved back to Alberta, MN to be closer to their families until their marriage was dissolved in 1973.
In May of 1974, he was united in marriage to Roberta Heitz in SD, at that time he welcomed her four children; Kimberly, Timothy, Tammara and Ronald as his own. Melvin, Roberta and their children lived in Morris, MN for fourteen years until the couple moved to Cyrus, MN where they were still residing at the time of his death.
While in WA, Melvin worked at the Boeing plant doing mechanical work, and he continued working in the mechanical field when he returned to MN holding jobs at Hyland Implement, Olson Supply, and Superior Industries in Morris. In addition, he also held various other handyman jobs in and around the Morris area until he retired. After retirement Melvin continued to work as caretaker for the city of Cyrus.
In March of 1974, Melvin joined the American Legion in Morris where he remained an active member and held different positions most recently, chaplain until his death.
Melvin passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN having lived to reach 76 years of age.
He is survived by his true love, Roberta Reynolds; daughter, Teresa Ershbock of Hoffman; daughter, Kimberly (Bill) Bouressa of Cyrus; son, Timothy Heitz of Iowa City, IA; son, Todd Reynolds of Alexandria; daughter, Tammara Heins of Morris; son, Ronald (Christina) Heitz of Monticello; granddaughter, Cassandra (Patrick) Melville of Fargo, ND; granddaughter, Christina (Patrick) Reimers of Chokio; grandson, Riccardo Crader of Cyrus; granddaughter, Kayla Heins of Cyrus; grandson, Steven Heins of Morris; grandson, Brett Bouressa of Cyrus; granddaughter, Lia Carlson of Morris; granddaughter, Haley Heitz of Monticello; granddaughter, Hannah Heitz of Monticello, three great-grandsons, Cody Melville, Elijah Gosch and Fredrick Fechtner; one great-granddaughter, Aryanna Noyes and soon-to-be great-grandchild, baby Reimers; three brothers: Harvey Reynolds of Starbuck, Arthur Reynolds of Cyrus and Richard (Shirley) Reynolds of Morris; two sisters: Estella Hill and Opal Thornberg both of Morris; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Barbara and Don Timmsen of So. St. Paul, Patricia and Richard Dowling of Duluth, Richard and Sue Gimberlin of Morris and Jeanne Gimberlin of Morris as well as many nieces, nephews and others who called him friend. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Tina; his parents, two brothers, two sisters and various nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers for the service are: Morris American Legion, VFW and AmVets. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.