Earl D. Reynolds

Earl D. Reynolds, 90, of Mount Pleasant passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Savannah Heights in Mount Pleasant.

Earl was born June 7, 1931, in Chariton, Iowa, the son of Leonard and Verle (Johnson) Reynolds.  He graduated from Chariton High School in 1949.  On October 16, 1950, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Brownlee in Hiawatha, Kansas.  Earl worked for the Miller Reem Car Dealership in Chariton and then as a lineman for the electric company until moving to Mount Pleasant in 1957.  Earl worked as a lineman for the city of Mount Pleasant Utilities for a few years.  He was a car salesman for the D.J. Martin Conoco Dealership and the Jack Hodson Oldsmobile Dealership, and became the manager of Skerik Auto Parts. In 1977, Earl opened Reynolds Motors, where he sold cars up until a few months ago.

Earl served on the Midwest Old Threshers Board for 37 years.  He was a former member of the Jaycees.  Earl had a deep passion for cars; he was the founder of the 20th Century Car Club, and a longtime member of the Southeast Iowa Car Club.  He was a timekeeper at the Mississippi Valley Stock Car Club for many years.  Earl was also a co-owner of car #48, he was very proud of the time he spent with the organization.

One of Earls favorite joys was dispensing lighted Reynold’s Motors pens to people everywhere he went. They were a unique novelty and he loved sharing them. They are all over the state of Iowa!!!!

Earl enjoyed hosting family & friends on Friday evenings at his shop.  Pizza and donuts were always on the menu.  He enjoyed having his family and friends around him and loved feeding people.  He could often be found around town delivering goodies to his friends at their workplace.  Earl saw all his friends as “extended family”.

Earl is survived by his wife Dorothy; 3 children: Debbie Borders of West Point; Linda (Dennis) Johnson of Mount Pleasant; Alan (Beverly) Reynolds of Mount Pleasant; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; a great great grandchild; 2 sisters: Sharon Scott of Littleton, CO; Mary (Hubert) Pierschbacher of Chariton; and 2 brothers: Warren (Nancy) Reynolds of Plano, TX; Vern (Marylynn) Reynolds of Norwalk.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A public visitation will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel.  The family will not be present.  A private family service will be held and burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established for Midwest Old Threshers.  The Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel is caring for Earl and his family.  www.powellfuneralhomes.com