William ‘Bill’ Reynolds
William “Bill” E. Reynolds, 93, Bismarck, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in a Bismarck hospital. Per Bill’s request his body has been donated to UND Medical School. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Bill was born June 17, 1920, to Bradley A. and Frances (Smith) Reynolds in Helena, Mont. He graduated from Helena High School in 1938 and from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in 1942. He served during World War II as a Marine Corps fighter pilot. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals. He later wrote a book about his wartime experiences titled, “Diary of a Lucky Leatherneck Throttle Jock.”
Bill married Meredith Bacon on Aug. 6, 1947, whom he met while they both were employed at Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone Park. They lived in Minot, where he was employed as a designer and vice president at J.W. Bacon Inc. Outdoor Advertising. In 1976 he resigned to open his own business in Bismarck, WM. Reynolds Depiction & Design Inc. They retired to Washburn in 1991 where he was active in art, design and community projects. They moved back to Bismarck in 2008.
While in Minot, Bill was a Cub Master for many years and was awarded the Scouter’s Key. He was a charter member of both the Colin Brown Y’s Mens Club and the Nodakords Barbershop Chorus. He served three terms as Senior Warden at All Saints Episcopal Church and sang in the choir there. In Bismarck, he sang in the choir at St. George’s Episcopal Church and was active in the Northern Lights Chorus as an officer, quartet member and as the script writer for annual shows. In Washburn he was active with the Art Association and American Legion. He was called on to design the Northern Lights Tower in Rugby, the sculptures for the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Veterans Memorial in Washburn, and the Medal of Honor Memorials in Minot. Between commercial art projects he painted watercolors, mostly North Dakota landscapes. He received many blue ribbons at area art shows.
In 2005 he was named North Dakota’s Outstanding Older Worker by Experience Works and was treated to a trip to Washington, D.C. Also, in 2005, he was a guest of honor and keynote speaker at a Marine Corps Aviation function, also in Washington, D.C. In 2007 he received the Community Service Award from the North Dakota Dollars for Scholars Organization and in 2008 the Excellence in Concrete Design Award from the North Dakota Ready-Mix and Concrete Products Association.
Bill loved traveling, mostly driving all around the USA with Meredith. He greatly appreciated all plant and animal life and was awed by the wonders of nature. He was happiest when entertaining individuals or groups with selections from his repertoire of humorous anecdotes and “stranger than fiction” stories.
He is survived by: his wife, Meredith; daughter, Robin (Jeff Ridl) Reynolds, Hebron; sons, Jeffrey (Janet) Reynolds, Las Vegas, Nev., and Scott (Linda) Reynolds, Englewood, Colo.; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Mark; his brother, Bradley Reynolds; and his parents-in-law, J.W. and Grace Bacon.
Memorial donations should be sent to the Central Dakota Humane Society or a charity of your choice.
Bill’s motto was: “The gift is in our hands. It must be opened not hurriedly, yet with the highest expectations. Some of the contents may be highly pleasing, others perhaps not. Whatever the contents, we must treasure them for we’ll never receive another gift just like it. The gift is TODAY.” W.E. Reynolds
Go to (www.bismarckfuneralhome.com) to sign the online guestbook or to send a message of condolence to the family.
Bismarck Funeral Home, Bismarck, is handling the arrangements.