Richard Arthur “Dick” Reynolds, 93, passed peacefully Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, with his family by his side at his home in Englewood, Fla.
He was born June 28, 1920.
A lifelong resident of Joliet, Ill., until his retirement to his beloved North Woods of Wisconsin and the Florida Gulf Coast, he was a graduate of Joliet Township High School, Joliet Junior College, and Beloit College. Dick entered World War II as a naval officer in 1942; he served on LSTs in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, commanding his own ship at the War’s end, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the war, he served as the Commander of the U.S. Navy Reserve unit in Joliet.
Upon returning from the War in 1946, Dick founded the pioneering estate-planning firm of Reynolds and Associates in Joliet, where the family-owned company (now Sentinus) is in its third generation and 68th year. In addition, he started, funded or encouraged the beginning of many entrepreneurial endeavors, and his wise counsel was sought by many. Dick was an avid fisherman, duck hunter, tennis player and golfer, but he was most of all a family man, sharing his many years with those around him.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy (nee Britton) Reynolds; three children, Timothy (Charmaine) Knott Reynolds of Wales, Wis., Scott (Deb) Britton Reynolds of Shorewood, Ill., and Diane Laure (Jerry Okikawa) Reynolds of Menlo Park, Calif.; five grandchildren, Stephanie Brooke (Tyler) Qualio of Shorewood, Britton Hill (Katie) Reynolds of Aurora, Ill., Paige Gifford (Ryan) Kane of Ripon, Wis., Oakton Anthony Reynolds of Wales, Wis., and Owen Arthur Reynolds of Wales, Wis. ; and two great-granddaughters, Chase Emerson Qualio and Mackenzie Hill Qualio. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Vera (nee Knott) Reynolds; and his only sibling, James Allen Reynolds.
Private services will be held by the family in Florida. At Dick’s request, the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be given to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or to a charity of one’s own choosing.
Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services.