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Michael J Reynolds

• Updated Dec 17, 2018 at 4:25 PM

SHELBY — On December 15th we suddenly and unexpectedly lost Mike. A beloved Son, Brother, Uncle, Brother-in-law. The world has lost a creative, kind and caring soul.

Mike was born 8-28-1956 in Shelby, Ohio as the third son of James B. and Janice E. Reynolds. Mike graduated from the Plymouth High School in 1974. He developed many close and lifelong friends.

He worked early on at Shelby Spring Hinge. He recently retired after 35 years of service in the Engineering Test lab at Warren Rupp.

As a young boy, Mike enjoyed many adventures with family and friends. Little League baseball, go kart racing, slot car racing, campouts, winter firewood gathering, bicycle racing/stunts and countless hours exploring by playing at/in the creeks in the Plymouth area.

Once out of school the thrill of adventure continued. Motorcycles (drag racing, riding, building) and his prized Mustang GT. Mikes first trip down the Norwalk quarter mile in 1978 resulted in a 10 second timeslip. An accomplishment few can claim.

Throughout the years Mike, along with his father and brothers continued motorcycle drag racing by participating in many IDBA and Prostar national events. He developed many additional friends and Mike took great pride in being a Reynolds Brother.

Mike had a strong passion for history and nature. He did much research (pre-internet) with immediate family and distant relatives to develop a family genealogy . He was a walking data source of family history.

He had an extensive arrowhead, stone tools, civil war artifact collection. All were proudly displayed in his home. Some were donated to him by close friends, but most were from his own findings. Mike also handcrafted many replica artifacts. You would always get an extensive oral history of each when you showed interest in the display.

From this interest in history, Mike developed a passion for Native American history and customs. He participated in many events at Malabar Farm, Mohican Pow Wows, Trader rendezvous, and school events in full regalia. Mike handcrafted all his outfits.

His love of nature and wildlife was persistent in his life. Mike always had an eye on natures beauty. He was vey observant and joyous on the acts of nature. He was especially excited at any Eagles sighting. Whether at the Lake Erie marshes or especially when an Eagle visited the farm or nearby properties.

Mike had a great passion for rock music. His record collection of vinyl and stereo equipment is unrivaled. With the age of the Internet, he gained a new avenue to enjoy and share his music knowledge. Mike kept the world entertained on Saturday nights with his concert collections he would post. He was a wealth of knowledge on albums, bands, songs, band members.

Mike is survived by his mother Janice E. Reynolds, brothers Steve(Linda) and Larry, nephews Shawn, Scott(Kara), Landon, Liam, Lucas.

Calling hours will be Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. at the Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth, Ohio. Per Mike's wishes there will be no funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, Please send contributions to a wildlife organization or a local nature park.

The family would like to thank Mikes first responders. The North Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department, Huron County Sheriff deputies, North Central Ambulance service, and Secor Funeral Home.

Do not stand by my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die.

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