Obituary: Richard S. ‘Dick’ Reynolds

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Richard S. “Dick” Reynolds, 86, of Clearwater, retired barber, died Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Villa Maria, Mulvane.

He was born May 15, 1931, in Norwich, the son of Olin Donald Reynolds and Elizabeth Grace (Beal) Reynolds. Dick moved with his family to the Winfield area as a child and attended several different schools. They lived in the Rock/New Salem area for several years before moving to the Milan community, where Dick graduated from Milan High School with the class of 1949.

Dick entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 3, 1950, where he proudly served his country as a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 3, 1953.

Dick was united in marriage to Velda Jean Oswald on Dec. 23, 1954, at Oxford. They made their home in Georgia for a short time, where he worked as a surveyor, and then later lived in Wellington, Conway Springs and Milan before moving to their home west of Clearwater in 1964.

Dick began cutting hair in Wellington, and then was a barber for many years with shops in both Clearwater and Conway Springs.

He was a 60-year member of Unity Lodge #273 A.F. and A.M., and the American Legion Earnest Gordon Post 93, Clearwater.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velda, in 2000; his parents; one brother, Kenneth Reynolds; and three sisters, Kathleen O’Neil, Barbara Ginest and Molly Frazee.

Dick is survived by one son, Marty Reynolds (Cynthia) of Wichita; three daughters, Verla Wells of Clearwater, Bobbie Gannaway (Mike) of Clearwater, and Debbie Reynolds (Greg Pawloski) of Rosemount, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with the Rev. Bryce Hansen, pastor, officiating. Graveside Masonic rites were by Unity Lodge 273 A.F. and A.M., Clearwater. Military honors were by the U.S. Army, Fort Riley. Interment followed in Milan Cemetery, in Milan.

Arrangements were by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online guestbook and condolences are available at

Memorials have been established with the Clearwater Junior Ball Association and the Clearwater Ambulance Service.