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Wayne Percy Reynolds

Wayne Percy Reynolds
Wayne Percy Reynolds
- July 6, 2017

Wayne Percy Reynolds was born September 12, 1932, in Madison, SD, to Percy and Myrtle (Ness) Reynolds.  He attended country school in many communities including Dewey County, Firesteele, and Timberlake just to name a few.  Wayne graduated from Willow Lake High School at the age of 16. 

He served four years, much of that time in Korea as a member of the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), the precursor of the Navy Seals.  He was in the Guard for one year and then his Unit was activated by the Army.  Wayne was sent to Vietnam where his duty was once again with UDTs.  Wayne served with distinction and was discharged after four years of service.

This opportunity led Wayne to a variety of management positions in a variety of locations throughout the United States with Weyerhaeuser and other plywood and sawmills.  For Wayne, "plywood was the love of his career."  After a career that spanned 25 years, Wayne retired from Weyerhaeuser which brought him back to the state he loved.

Wayne's career of fun including helping anyone who needed his help, whether it was working on a car or rebuilding a lawn mower, he was everyone's helper.  He enjoyed "tinkering" and "Projects" one building a super lawn mower to make mowing their acreage a little easier.  He built computers for kids, putting together several hundred for those children whose parents couldn't afford to purchase one.

He loved kids and making them happy.  He was known as the "Teddy Bear Butte Cemetery Man" at the Loud American, if there was a child in the building, Wayne would keep playing the arcade game until he won them a prize.  Making kids smile was part of Wayne's fun.

Wayne was bigger than life in every way.  He could play practical jokes or tell a joke that could have you laughing so hard you were crying.  Whether it was setting up a Bigfoot sighting or entertaining a group of friends with "trashcan turkey."  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating, and always spending time with people; living life to the fullest with family and friends.

Wayne's journey in this life ended on June 30, 2017, at VA Black Hills Health Care Center.  Wayne always felt the staff at the VA was the best, and his care there was top notch.  He had been proud to serve his country and believed those who provided his care had that same pride of service.

Wayne died Friday, June 30, 2017, at Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.

Wayne is survived by Pattie, his wife of 37 years; son, Chris Reynolds and grandson, Kyle Reynolds; daughter, Stacy (Thomas) Ondov; and stepson, Joey (Maldara) White and grandchildren, Aleah and Fin.

Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Percy W. Reynolds; mother, Myrtle Dearborne; stepfather, Emile Dearborne; and granddaughter, Dara.

A graveside memorial service will be Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Chaplain George Hughes officiating.  

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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