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Larry P. Reynolds, Sr.

September 15, 1945 - November 9, 2021
Mattawan, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Larry Reynolds passed away peacefully at home on November 9, 2021. Larry was born September 15, 1945 in Mattawan, MI. He was the son of Duane and Ailein (Happel) Reynolds. Larry met Shirley Thompson in 1963 and knew she was the woman he wanted by his side. Larry and Shirley were married on May 20, 1966, and were married for 55 years at the time of his passing. Larry was employed by Fabri-Kal before becoming a truck driver for Consumer’s Concrete, where he finished out his career. As a husband, there was never a dull moment! Shirley always said Larry was a bull in a China shop and used to affectionately sing about Larry being her “mess maker.” Larry was a hard worker, and built the log cabin he and Shirley lived in. He also cut firewood on and off, both during his career and his retirement. Larry enjoyed woodworking and liked to carve. He also enjoyed Native American memorabilia, and often dressed in fringed vests and boots, or would wear cowboy hats, boots, and belts. Larry loved the Lord, and was also a lover of all animals and critters. He was often called an animal whisperer due to his ability to connect with animals. Larry loved his wife, Shirley, and their special song was, “You Are My Sunshine.” Larry also loved his sons, Larry Jr. and Brian, as well as his five grandchildren: Joey, Larry III, Cory, Jason, and Hannah and three great grandchildren: Kyle, Ethan, and Allison. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Duane and Ailein Reynolds; as well as brothers: Lee and Dale. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Reynolds; sons: Larry Jr. and Brian (Tami) Reynolds; grandchildren: Joey (Dan) Woodhams, Larry III (Andrea), Cory (Alex), Jason, and Hannah Reynolds; great-grandchildren: Kyle Keegan, Ethan, and Allison Reynolds; and sister, Bev (Don) Ocker; long life friends, Bob Ski and Joe Frost. Larry has been cremated, and in honor of his wishes, his remains will be spread around the property where he lived his entire life.