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Carl Donald Reynolds Sr.

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PEKIN, Ill. - Carl Donald Reynolds Sr., 95, of Pekin, the father of a Paducah man, died January 24, 2014, at Pekin Hospital.

Born February 22, 1918, in Carrollton, Ill., to Joseph Gordon and Cleo Cleveland (Howe) Reynolds, he married Verda Ruth Compton of rural Shelbyville, Ill., on April 21, 1940. They had attended and graduated high school together. She died March 13, 2010, in Pekin. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, Jerry Smith; two brothers, Howard Reynolds and Joseph Reynolds Sr.; and one sister, Martha Ann Reynolds.

Surviving are one daughter, Jane Ann Smith of Pekin, Ill.; one son, Carl Donald Jr. (Alice) Reynolds of Paducah; five grandchildren, Gregory Murphy, Todd Murphy, Laura (Lancer) Smith, Jeri Jo (Steve) Shreffler and Cindy (Scott) Laird; and eight great-grandchildren, Ashley Ann Murphy, Christina Smith, Anna Ruth Smith, Tyler Laird, Trey Laird, Megan Shreffler, Jacob Shreffler and Peyton Shreffler.

He attended Carrollton Elementary School, Shelbyville High School, Sparks Business College in Shelbyville and Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

A United States Navy veteran of World War II, he served from May 22, 1944, to April 14, 1946.

Carl entered Federal Civil Service in October 1939. He worked nearly three years in Baltimore, M.D., and 36½ years as a Treasury Agent out of the Peoria Field Office. He retired from the U.S. Treasury as a commissioned Senior Inspector and was the recipient of the Albert Gallatin Award for long and faithful service.

He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Pekin, where he had been an elder and played on the church dart-ball team for many years. He was proud to be a member of the Session at the planning and construction of the new church when it was built on Highwood Avenue.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post No. 2 in Peoria; a 68-year member of Jackson Lodge No. 53 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons in Shelbyville; and a longtime member of the Pekin Elks Lodge  No. 1271. He also had served as a volunteer escort at Pekin Hospital for many years. He was a member of the AARP, NARFE, and the Farm Bureau of Shelby County.

Carl loved sports of all kinds and was a member of the track and football teams during his school years. Refinishing of antiques was a great hobby and he and his family possess a number of refinished items. He also loved to travel and during his lifetime visited Canada, Mexico (twice), the Bahamas (twice), Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Panama Canal, Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Grand Cayman Islands, Belgium, France, Germany, England and Scotland.

His funeral was held Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at First United Presbyterian Church in Pekin, with burial in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, Ill. Military rites were also conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Presbyterian Church, 1717 Highwood Avenue, Pekin, IL 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

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