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Vernon Kenneth Reynolds
July 7, 1929-February 13, 2022
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On the morning of February 13, 2022, Vernon Kenneth Reynolds went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ.
   Vern was born in Mangum, Oklahoma to Lon and Kitty Reynolds. In the early 1940's his family moved to California and eventually settled in East Oakland. Vern was the youngest of seven brothers and sisters.
   Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Nelda, and sons Kenny and Jeff, and his siblings.  He is survived by his daughter, Janet, son-in-law, Mark, six grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
   After high school Vern hitchhiked to Indiana to marry Nelda who had moved there with her family. Vern and Nelda eventually settled in Manteca from Indiana in 1965.  In Indiana Vern obtained his contractor's license and built homes with his father-in-law and brothers-in-law. His wife Nelda had her Real Estate license and many times she would sell the home they were living in prompting the need for him to build another home for them.  Upon moving to Manteca in 1965 he started working at Libby Owens Ford Glass Plant in Lathrop as a maintenance mechanic.  He always had his hand in construction though, often doing repairs or remodels for his friends or spec building for himself.  He not only built houses but also furniture.   After retirement from LOF Vern moved to Pioneer, CA where he remodeled two homes.  He and Nelda eventually moved back to Manteca where he built a home for them to live in.  Vern went to work at Tri Valley Growers as a maintenance mechanic where he worked until his 2nd retirement!   He was a hard worker who wouldn’t hesitate to help his family or friends. He cared for his aging mother and in-laws until their deaths.  Vern loved history and poetry and was an avid reader. He read the newspaper every morning and was especially interested in the automotive ads, always looking for a good deal.  He enjoyed Tom Clancy novels and books and TV shows about World War I and II. He loved to garden and had many fruit trees. He loved to share the "fruits" of his labors with his family and friends.
   Vernon was loving, witty, and generous. He was always ready with a one-liner or a joke. He was one-of-a-kind and was loved by all. He will be dearly missed.  Until we meet again.   A private funeral for immediate family and interment will be held at Park View Cemetery & Funeral Home, Manteca.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Thursday, February 17, 2022