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James M. Reynolds
Retired aircraft mechanic
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James Reynolds, 88, entered into rest on June 25, 2010 in Manteca.  James was born on  May 8, 1922 to James M. Reynolds and Wilhelminia Mueller-Reynolds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Reynolds was a resident of Manteca for 52 years.

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his wife Alice Reynolds of 68 years, a daughter, Alice Reynolds-Durao, and a son, James M. Reynolds III, all residing in Manteca.  He is also survived by 6 grandchildren; Anthony Durao and wife Jenny of Manteca, Anne Harper-Goens of Grass Valley, Alan Glavaz and wife Claudia of Lodi, James (Jay) Reynolds of Manteca, Tina Burch and husband Robert of Manteca, and Richard Reynolds of Manteca.  Mr. Reynolds also had 13 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters, with one surviving sister, Elaine Quinn, in Philadelphia.

James and Alice married on March 21, 1942 in Long Island, NY.  Mr. Reynolds worked all of his life in aircraft maintenance.  He was only 16 years old when he joined the Army-Air Corps and the National Guard of Pennsylvania.  He was stationed at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Alabama in 1942.  They moved to Culver City in 1956 where he worked for Lockheed/Douglas, and finally moving to Manteca in 1958 he retired after 30 years of service at Sharpe Army Depot.

Mr. Reynolds was instrumental in the building of St. Mary’s Episcopalian Church here in Manteca.  He also built two different properties himself with the help of friends and family, one in Grass Valley and one in Manteca.  Mr. Reynolds was always a very busy man. If he wasn’t building or fixing something, he could be found actually relaxing, by playing cards or pool with friends at the El Rancho clubhouse or volunteering his time at the Manteca Senior Center.

Mr. Reynolds most enjoyed his time camping with family. He and his wife loved to camp at Half Moon Bay, Tracy Wildlife, and Woodward Reservoir.  He will be truly missed by all that knew him and many cherished memories will remain forever in our hearts.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, June 30, 2010