George R. Reynolds, 81, of Alton, passed away at 10:24 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Alton Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born May 19, 1934, in Wichita, Kan., the son of the late Lloyd A. and Lenora L. (Marshall) Reynolds.
On July 10, 1954, he married the former Betty “Betsy” Anderson in Wood River. They enjoyed 61 years of marriage. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He dearly loved his family.
George served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was a proud veteran. He retired from Olin Corporation’s Engineering Department, taking early retirement after suffering a severe heart attack at the age of 47. He was a member of the Masonic Piasa Lodge No. 27 and the American Legion Post No. 214. George was an avid reader and made good use of a Nook that was a gift from his two daughters. He also enjoyed spending time on his computer and listening to Cajun and Bluegrass music.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Kelly (Cord) Cooper of Moro and Kyla Farroll of Fairview Heights; five grandchildren, Meaghan (Chris) Kearbey of Bethalto, Caitlyn Cooper of Moro, Jordan Cooper of East Alton, Andrew George Farroll and Alex Farroll of Fairview Heights; four great-grandchildren, Landon, Logan, Clayton, Machayla and number five any day now, Kearbey of Bethalto.
He has two special nephews, Robert Tungett of Middleburg, Fla., and Mike Skinner of Rosewood Heights; two sisters-in-law, Alma Anderson of Godfrey and Frances Ballard of Roodhouse; and two special friends, Glen (deceased) and Judy Schupbach.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Winifred Tungett and Ethel Skinner; and a brother, Lloyd A. “JR” Reynolds.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Burial will follow at Roselawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association or a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.