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Richard Lee (Dick) Reynolds, 89, passed away peacefully in his home on May 3, 2022. He was born February 6, 1933, in Ringgold County, Tingley, IA, the son of Everett Gerald Reynolds and Orpha Vivian Reynolds (Combs).
Reynolds graduated from Mount Ayr High School, class of 1951. He was an outstanding athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. Following graduation, he went to work as a lineman for Rideta Electric Association (REA) and married Barbara Kay Main. Five children were born to this union: Andrew Lee, Brenda Kay, Daniel Alan, Shelly Rae and Lori Anne.
Reynolds was drafted into the United States Army in 1954 and served for two years in the finance department at Fort Bliss El Paso, TX. He was very proud to serve his country and was a lifetime member of the Iowa American Legion. After discharge from the Army, he returned to Mount Ayr and to his job with REA. While working as a lineman, he attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, IA, and became an accountant for REA. Later he purchased the Sandwich Shop in Mount Ayr, while also working part-time for Life Investors Company of America and eventually became a full-time agent.
Reynolds assumed residence in Reeds Spring, in 1979 and married Phyllis Gonseth. After retirement from Life Investors Insurance Co., his employment included MCI, Pinegar Chevrolet and Bass Pro.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, infant daughter, Lori Anne, sister, Judith Elaine, son, Daniel Alan, son in-law, Jim Golay, grandson, Nicholas Grose, stepson, Steven Gonseth, sister in-law, Patricia Lee, sister in-law, Patricia Prentis, and brother in-law, John Main.
Surviving is his wife, Phyllis Reynolds, son, Andy, and his wife, Shelby, of Mount Ayr; daughters, Brenda Grose, of Mount Ayr and ,Shelly Golay, of Casper, WY; stepchildren, Michael Gonseth, and his wife, Fran, of Grand Junction, CO, Douglas Gonseth of Aurora, MO, Kim Gonseth of Crane, MO, Vicki Gonseth of Walnut Grove, MO; thirteen grandchildren; Rick Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds and wife, Angela, Randi Ricker and husband, Jaren, Russell Reynolds, Niccole Swank and husband, Travis, Chris Grose and wife, Jessi, Mitchell Grose and wife, Erica, Jordyn Wisroth and husband, Dylan, Joshua Reynolds and wife, Michelle Ward and husband, Adam, Lucas Reynolds, Colton Golay and wife, Kayla, Ashley Wisroth and husband, Austen. Ten step-grandchildren; Jebediah Hogbed, Heather Palos and husband, Fernando, Erica Sumner, Jordan Gonseth, Brice Gonseth and wife, Molly, Brett Gonseth and wife, Ashley, Olivia Gonseth, Stephani Ortiz, A. J. Ortiz; twenty-five great grandchildren; Adalyn, Ryce and Emma Reynolds, Evelyn, William and Hudson Ricker, Brayden, Dawson, Trenton and Keaton Swank, Isaac and Jace Grose, Boston and Beckett Grose, Adler Wisroth, Haiden, Zachariah, Christian and Reilly Ward, Isaac, Easton and Kacen Golay, Huxen, Emryn and Axten Wisroth; eight step great-grandchildren; Mariah Gonseth, Alexis Bowling, Lauren Bowling, Bretley Gonseth, Mia Lee, Addison Sumner, Waylon Sumner, Ember Sumner; one sister, Carolyn Schump, and husband, Harold; nieces, Jackie Fargo, and husband, Steve, and Jani Meadows; brother-in-law, Raymond Prentis, and sister-in-law, Susan Main.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 6,2022 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr with military honors by Ringgold Post #172 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Carolyn Reynolds shump on June 4, 2022 at 9:16 am

    I’m very sorry we can’t have our phone talks anymore. I loved you very much. Just a couple of weeks before you passed we were laughing about when you were a high school senior having to walk your little sister to school. When I was little you always bought me the nicest Christmas gifts. I loved your humor and we’ve had so many laughs together. I miss you already. But remember to be waiting for me on the other side of Jordan. I’ll see you waving and will join you. God bless. Little sis carolyn

  2. Carolyn Reynolds shump on June 4, 2022 at 9:32 am

    I’m very sorry not to be able to have our phone visits anymore. I loved your humor and had many laughs together. Just 2 weeks before you passed we were laughing about you being a high school senior and having to walk your little kindergarten sister to school. When I was little you always got me the neatest Christmas gifts. As a teenager you stood up for me when I was in trouble with dad. Thank you. I miss you already. Just remember to be waiting for me on the other side of Jordan, waving your arms and I’ll join you. May God’s blessings be upon you. Love you. Little sister (Carol), your nickname for me.

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