Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 26, 2007
OBITUARY - MARVIN LEE REYNOLDS
Marvin Lee REYNOLDS, son of Orr "Pete" and Gladys REYNOLDS, was born January 22, 1926 in Mount Ayr, Iowa and
departed this life on April 22, 2007 at the age of 81.
Marvin grew up in Ringgold County and attended Mount Ayr Community School. He joined the Marines when he was a
junior in high school, following his brother Norman’s footsteps, who was serving in the Army. He wanted to do his
part for his country. Marvin was proud to be a serviceman and shared many stories of those times of his life. When
he returned from the service at the end of World War II, he went back to high school and finished his education,
graduating in 1947.
During that time, he married Colleen ANDERSON and they had three daughters; Cathy Laura, Carri Lee, and Debra Kay.
Marvin’s occupation was building and remodeling homes. He loved carpenter and mason work. Many people in Ringgold
County have enjoyed the benefits of his talents.
In 1974, he was united in marriage to Helen MERRITT. Through this marriage, three children were added to his family;
Beverly, Betty, and Richard. In 1978, Marvin and Helen moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where they could pursue their
passion for horses. In Las Cruces, they were active members of the Sheriff’s Posse. In 1985, they returned to Mount
Ayr and continued raising horses. For several years, many of you have driven by Highway 2 in the spring and have
taken view of their beautiful newborn colts and paint horses.
Marvin enjoyed life to the fullest with basketball, football, dancing, fishing, and bowling, but most of all, his
love for his horses and dogs. He was an avid horseman throughout most of his life. He also spent hours in his home
watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and the St. Louis Rams with Muffie and Pixie, two of his favorite dogs, by his side. For
those of you who knew him well, he could shoot a mean game of pool. Especially those of you who played Snooker
against him at the Dead Beat Club. Marvin was also a member of the American Legion and VFW.
Although Marvin enjoyed many things in life, including telling his many stories, nothing compared to his family. He
was a loving and devoted husband, father, step-father, and grandfather. His family was the most important thing in
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Norman.
He is survived by his wife Helen of Mount Ayr, IA; his children Cathy & husband Wayne SHOESMITH of Carroll, IA, Carri
DUCKWORTH of Van Wert, IA, Debra & husband Kenneth ROBERTSON of O’Fallon, MO, Beverly & husband Derald NOBLE of Mount
Ayr, IA, Betty & husband Roger SCHLAPIA of Bellevue, NE, Richard MERRITT of Mount Ayr, IA; sister-in-law Dorothy
REYNOLDS of Mt. Ayr, IA; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; 4 nephews; other
relatives and friends.
Services were conducted at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr on Wednesday, August 25, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Dennis REYNOLDS officiated. Musicians were Colleen KNIGHT, Andy TRULLINGER, Mary DAVENPORT and Margaret BICKERS.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Casket bearers were Jeff ROBERTSON, Justin ROBERTSON,
Wayde SHOESMITH, Waylan SHOESMITH, Scott DUCKWORTH and Jason DUCKWORTH.
Honorary pallbearers were Rick MERRITT, Eric SCHLAPIA and
Military rites were conducted by American Legion Ringgold Post #172.
Marvin was laid at rest in the
Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker