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John William Reynolds

November 6, 1947 — September 16, 2023


John William Reynolds, a beloved member of the Alma, Michigan community, passed away on September 16, 2023, in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born on November 6, 1947. John led a fulfilling life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories.

After graduating from Alma High School in 1966, John started his career at Detrioter Mobile Home manufacturing. However, it was at Alma Products where he found his true calling. For most of his life, John dedicated his time and skills to Alma Products until his well-deserved retirement. In his later years, he and Gail delivered meals for the Sr. Center and he enjoyed working as a driver for Betten Baker Chevrolet.

John was an individual known for his kind-hearted nature and outgoing personality. He always had a smile on his face and went out of his way to help others. Family played an incredibly important role in John's life. He deeply loved and cared for each and every one of them.

In his free time, John pursued two great passions: golfing and hunting. Golfing brought him immense joy and satisfaction throughout his life. He often reminisced about the exhilaration he felt when achieving his first Hole in One—an accomplishment he was incredibly proud of. Hunting allowed him to connect with nature and enjoy the thrill of the chase.

One of the fondest memories associated with John is camping on the Muskegon River. These trips brought together family and friends for unforgettable adventures in nature's embrace. The laughter, stories around the campfire, and camaraderie created cherished moments that will be forever treasured by all those fortunate enough to have joined him.

John's family was a pillar of strength for him through every stage of life. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Albert and Iva (Amsbury) Reynolds, and Fred and Lucy (Tryon) Patterson; parents William and Dorothy (Patterson) Reynolds as well as his beloved wife Gail Reynolds—a woman who shared four decades of love and laughter alongside him. John's son-in-law, Pat Mizer, was also an important part of his life and will forever hold a special place in his heart.

John is survived by his sister Pat (Terry) DeWinter, nephew Mark (Suzanne) DeWinter, grandniece Madison DeWinter and grandnephew Jack DeWinter; his children: Wendy (Kelly) Popplewell, Kelli Mizer, David (Kelly) Secord, Terri Secord, Kevin (Gail) Secord, Krista (Morgan Weber) Stieby, and Tim (Tera) Secord. He was a proud grandfather to Erin (Tim) Jacques, Nick (Andi) Mizer, Kari (Brian) Onishi, Kyle (Ally) Mizer, Samantha (Kortney) Secord, Spencer Secord, Brady Secord, Alicia (Trisha) Secord, Derek (Alina) Secord, Kate Secord, Lilly Stieby, Macey Stieby, Madison (Michael) Johnson, and Gabe Secord; and many great-grandchildren.

John Reynolds' departure from this world may have left a void in the lives of those who knew him, but his spirit and legacy will forever remain. He touched the hearts of everyone around him with his love and kindness. John's memory will continue to live on through the stories shared by family and friends.

In his final moments, John looked forward to being reunited with his beloved wife—an event that brought him peace and comfort. While we mourn the loss of such an incredible individual, let us celebrate the wonderful life he lived. May Johns rest in eternal peace knowing that he was loved deeply and will be missed dearly by all who had the honor of knowing him.

Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering is being planned for next summer.  In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

While visiting John's memory page at please sign the guestbook and/or leave a memory.

The family is being cared for by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home 269 685-5881.

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