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Orvin "Orv" Edward Reynolds

Orvin "Orv" Edward Reynolds, 92, of Park Rapids, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids.

Orv was born on March 13, 1920 in Park Rapids to John "Cap" and Hilda (Swanson) Reynolds. He attended public school in Park Rapids where he played football and participated in the high school band. He graduated with the class of 1939.

He was united in marriage to Gertrude Hewitt at the First English Lutheran Church of Dorset in 1939. As a young man, Orv relocated to Superior, Wis. where he worked in the shipyards during WW II. Following the war, Orv returned to the Park Rapids area and held several different jobs. He also attended the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis where he earned his welding certification.

In 1954, he moved with his family to Bloomington, where he began a 30-year career selling heavy duty construction equipment. In the early 1980s, Orv and Gert retired to a home on Boulder Lake, northeast of Park Rapids. Orv's life was deeply saddened by the death of his wife in 2006. In 2008, he moved to Summerfield Place in Park Rapids where he lived, only recently moving to Heritage Living Center due to failing health.

Orv was a man of many interests. He loved music and began playing piano at the age of six. In the 1940s Orv started a dance band called the "Top Hatters" and during those years he had his own radio show on KWAD out of Wadena. Through the years, Orv has used his musical talents to play at weddings, church activities, private parties, at the West 40 Restaurant, nursing homes, family events, and at the Pioneer Village at Itasca. A great volume of the music he played was from memory.

Orv loved the out of doors and as a young man enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed his membership at the Headwaters Golf Course. During his lifetime Orv achieved two holes in one. He loved the camaraderie of a good game of cards. He enjoyed playing bridge at the Park Rapids Senior Center and whist at the Nevis Senior Center. Orv devoted his life to his family. He was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved the close personal relationships he enjoyed with them.

Orv is survived by his children, Wayne (Judy) Reynolds of Clearwater, Charles (Marlene) Reynolds of Detroit Lakes, Kenneth Reynolds of Dallas, Texas, Judith (Charlie) Phillips of Nevis, Linda (Rich) Remiger of Apple Valley, Nancy Reynolds of Woodbury; grandchildren, Shelly, Jim, Kris, Dave, Kathy, Brenda, Jeff, Dan, Wendy, Scott; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Abby, Brett, Brianna, Jon, Lauren, Rachel, Alex, Nick, Katie, Morgan, Matthew, Hannah, Julia, Colby, Phillipa, Megan, Maddy, Ally, Joey, Jack and Ryan; one sister, Louise (William) Lehnherr of Edina; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Gertrude; two brothers, Orville and Harold; three sisters, Frances, Dorothy and Agnes; and one granddaughter in infancy.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at First English Lutheran Church in Dorset, with Rev. Chris Davis officiating.

Memorials are preferred to First English Lutheran Church of Dorset and Living At Home.

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