Merril Thomas Reynolds of North Hollywood, Calif., passed away Friday, Jan.
11, 1991, at Kaiser-Permanente Hospital, Panorama City, Calif., after a
lengthy illness. He was 69 years old.
Merril was born on July 26, 1921 near Lenox, Iowa, the son of Clarence Guy
Reynolds and Bessie Hughes Reynolds. He was preceded in death by his father,
mother, and sister, Corrine Calkins.
Merril was united in marriage to Evelyn Jeanes, his high school classmate on
May 9, 1941. To this union two children were born: Richard Guy and Linda
He attended Central College at Pella and Iowa State University at Ames and was
a member of Masonic Noble Lodge 458, A.F. and A.M. at Clearfield, Iowa for 44
Mr. Reynolds was a veteran of World War II serving from June 1942 to October
1945 with the 79th Infantry Division, Headquarters Battery, Artillery
Division; participating in the landing at Utah Beach. He was in the Normandy,
Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns and was awarded the
Bronze star for meritorious achievement.
Merril retired as a master carpenter after working in construction for over 50
years. He had a lifelong interest in the Boy Scouts, enjoyed woodworking and
raising tropical birds.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. January 16, 1991 at the Methodist Church
in Clearfield, Iowa, Rev. Shirley Lockard officiating. Interment with military
honors was at the Clearfield Cemetery.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Evelyn; son Richard and wife Jacque of
Carpinterie, Calif.; daughter Linda of Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren
Karen Lyn Nemeth of Ventura, Calif.; Larisa Margaret Erb, Lacey Elizabeth Erb
and Lane Allen Erb of Boulder, Colo.; a great grandson Tyler Reynolds Nemeth
of Ventura, Calif.; and stepmother Jessie Reynolds of Clearfield, Iowa.
His family and loved ones will remember him as a kind and loving husband,
father, grandfather and friend.
Memorials may be made to the Taylor County Historical Museum, Bedford, Iowa.
Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014