Jack Reynolds

1929 - 2020

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Jack Reynolds, born April 13, 1929, in Findlay Ohio, resident of The Heritage, passed on to his Heavenly home on July 9, 2020 at the age of 91. After graduating from Findlay High School, Jack began study in mechanical engineering at Miami University. He completed one year prior to being drafted into the Army in 1950. During basic training, Jack was tapped for Officer Candidate School in the Army Corps of Engineers. Jack reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant and saw action in the Korean Conflict in 1952-53. Following service in the military, Jack joined Garwood Industries, formerly Buckeye Traction Ditcher Co. While there, he was asked to oversee the restoration of the No.88 ditcher originally built in 1902. No.88 would lead Findlay's Sesquicentennial parade and is currently on display at the Hancock Historical Museum. In a long career as a mechanical engineer, Jack served as senior or chief engineer in several companies where he designed many components for the construction, oil exploration, and transportation industries. In his final role at Borg-Warner in Livonia, Michigan, Jack oversaw the design of the T-56 transmission used in the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 in 1991, a pre-production model of the Dodge Viper. As chief engineer, Jack was responsible for selecting a driver to test-drive the transmission before it was put into service. Jack chose himself. He drove the car for several laps at 150 miles per hour at Michigan International Speedway. Describing the run, Jack later said, "I could have killed myself and had no idea how I had done it!" Jack was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Ralph D. Cole Post 3, and was also an ardent NASCAR fan. He designed and built two homes in Findlay for his family, and was a skilled woodworker who enjoyed making many fine cabinets and furniture pieces for clients, family and friends. Having a prodigious memory for story telling and jokes, Jack lived to bring smiles and laughter to both residents and staff at The Heritage. Though his children had heard many of his jokes countless times, every once in a while he would surprise us with new ones even to the very end of his life. With a grin on his face, his parting words to his children were: "If you can't do something right, at least have some fun in the process and enjoy a double hooker of Old Storm Door while you're at it!" Jack was the son of Berton O. and Grace G. Reynolds. He was predeceased by his wife, Ivadell, and his only brother, Joe Reynolds, whose wife Ann survives. Jack has a son, Mark E. Reynolds, in addition to Ivadell's two children from a previous marriage: Douglas S. (Annette) Twells and Elizabeth Twells (Robert) Ebert, whom Jack raised as his own. Jack has seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Our family extends appreciation to The Heritage staff who provided wonderful care and compassion over the years and were a second family for Dad. COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME is handling the arrangements for the family. There will be a private graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack's memory may be made to K9s for Warriors: 9-4-686-1956; or online at info@k9sforwarriors.org. Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.

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  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    K9s for Warriors - Reynolds
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  • Instructions:

    All Services Will Be Private.

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To : Jack's family
Date :Monday, July 13th 2020
From : Kelly Young
My sympathy to your family for your loss. My father, Robert Hedges, lived at the Heritage on the Assisted side and became very good friends with Jack. They had a lot of laughs and shared quite a few stories together. My father passed away in January, 2020. Jack told me that my father was his very best friend. They shared their birthday together. I am sure they are together sharing some laughs and stories. I am so glad I got to meet Jack. He was an amazing person! Many prayers to your family.

To : The Family of Jack Reynolds
Date :Saturday, July 11th 2020
From : Joel Miller
I never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Reynolds but I have worked with his son Mark for many years. Mark spoke frequently and fondly of his dad and often called upon one of his dad's witty anecdotes at just the right moment at work. Judging from the character of his son, Mr. Reynolds must have been a great man. I pray for peace for all of his family knowing that he is Home.

To : Mark Reynolds
Date :Monday, July 13th 2020
From : Victor Aguilar
I am deeply saddened by the news of your father passing. I want to offer my prayers and condolences to you and your family. Your father soul is now at peace. May my condolences bring you comfort, and may my prayers ease the pain of his loss.

To : Jacks family
Date :Monday, July 13th 2020
From : Patti Heldman
I met Jack a few years ago at The Heritage, he always had a story to tell me or a joke. Jack always had a kind word for everyone. He will be missed, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

To : Family of Jack
Date :Tuesday, July 14th 2020
From : Diana Lagunovich
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Jack. He was a wonderful man and I enjoyed many talks with him. May God bless your family at this difficult time.

To : Doug Annette and family
Date :Wednesday, July 15th 2020
From : Janet and Tom Weaver
Our sympathy to you for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers our with you.