Michael  Reynolds


Michael Patrick Reynolds

Lifelong Mankato resident, Michael Patrick Reynolds, age 76, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 with respiratory failure resulting from thymic cancer.

Memorial service 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Hosanna Lutheran Church with Pastor Steve Kosberg officiating. There will be time to visit with the family immediately following the church service at Mankato Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Mike Reynolds Endowment Scholarship for Men's Basketball at Minnesota State University or to The Echo Food Shelf in Mankato. Mankato Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

Michael Patrick Reynolds was born September 20, 1942 in Minneapolis to James and Carolyn (Blewett) Reynolds. The family moved to Mankato, where Mike attended Loyola High School. During his high school career, Mike participated and excelled in athletics and was named in All-Star football and basketball. After graduation, Mike attended St. Mary's College in Winona and later enlisted in the Army, where he served six years in the Reserves.

Mike and his brothers, Tom and Bill, worked with their father in the family business, Reynolds Welding Supply Company. In 2006, Mike retired and the family sold the 50 year old business.

On May 4, 1979, Mike was united in marriage to Janet Larson. They maintained their Mankato home and spent their 40 years together traveling the world. Mike could often be heard stating, "I didn't know how many places I wanted to visit."

Mike enjoyed golfing, especially at the Mankato Golf Club, where he was a member, past-president, and a co-organizer of the MSU Sports Classic. In addition to golfing, Mike gave his sports ability, generosity, and support to the MSU Athletics. He was a sports booster, served on the foundation board and received numerous awards and recognitions during his years of involvement.

Card playing was a staple for Mike, especially with his Saturday morning card group, challenging a win in Pfeffer or Gin. He also was a Minnesota sports team enthusiast, watching the Twins, Vikings, and Wild. Mike was active in the Mankato area community and was a member of the Elks. On any given evening, Mike could be found enjoying a delicious meal with family or friends.

Mike will be loving missed by his wife, Jan of Mankato; sister, Mary Johnson and husband, Karl of North Mankato; sisters-in-law, Lois Reynolds of Mankato, Sue Reynolds of Naples, Florida, Linda Olson and husband, Mark of Estero, Florida, Diane Olson of Eagan; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and FRIENDS! Mike was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Tom and Bill.
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John Dorn
Jul 12, 2019
Mike's wonderful sense of humor and quick wit was special, and his generosity was outstanding. I hope his quality of life was as good as possible while he was dealing with cancer. My condolences to his family. I know it is hard to lose a friend, a family member, a sibling and I realize it is an especially unique challenge to lose a spouse.
My thoughts are with you, my prayers include you.
Journey well.
Jim Dorn
Jul 11, 2019
Sorry, Jan, for your loss. I enjoyed working for Mike and the Reynolds family at Reynolds Welding Supply. I have lots of good memories about all the great Christmas Parties. He was a good man!
Juel Meyer
Jul 10, 2019
Jan.. so sorry to read about Mike’s death.. sending strength and prayers..
Fred and Barb Polzin
Jul 10, 2019
Jan, our sincere condolences on Mike’s passing. May God give you strength during this time.