Jun 11, 2017 - From staff reportsWillis Arthur "Art" Reynolds Jr. died Friday, May 26, 2017, at home following a two-year battle fighting illness. He was 81 years old.
He leaves his eldest son, Wade (Sharon) Reynolds of Rapid City; youngest son Bart (Liz) Reynolds of Riverton; grandchildren Jessica, Brandie, Amber, Dustin, Amy and Billy; great-grandchildren Sidney, Jackson, Kael, Penelope, Tanner, Ethan, Logan, Bo, Hunter and Hayden; niece Cindy Grafton of Casper; companion Roberta Jackson of Riverton; Marcie (George "Rooster") Burr of Riverton; Jay (Jaylynne) Jackson of Mount Pleasant, Utah; their children and grandchildren; and extended family and dear friends.
He was born Nov. 27, 1935, in Hot Springs, S.D., the eldest son of Willis Arthur Sr. and Rachael Reynolds, and brother to Joseph.
In his early years, he lived and worked alongside family at The Reynolds Ranch in Deerfield, S.D.
After graduating from boarding school in 1954, he went on to start his own family with his wife Elma in Rapid City, S.D. He began a career in the trucking industry. After his children were grown he went on to run Reynolds Mobile Home Park in Hill City, S.D., with his second wife, Madonna. They later moved to Pavillion where they raised sheep.
He drove truck for BTI for 15 years. After retiring, they moved to Thermopolis for several years until his wife's death, after which he returned to the Riverton area.
He remained active during his retirement years, haying in the summer, working with animals, attending auctions, and collecting and restoring tractors, equipment, and furniture. He loved to be outdoors camping, fishing and boating.
As he continued his passion for living the ranching life, he surrounded himself with good people, many horses, and special dogs throughout the years.
Family members said he was a hard-working man, "a caring father and loyal friend."
The last 11 years were spent with his longtime friend, Roberta Jackson, "who brought love, joy and new adventures to his life," loved ones said. "It brought them great happiness being with friends traveling in the wagon train in the Wyoming mountains and driving their team of horses in the parades at Cheyenne Frontier Days."
"No doubt he will be missed by many," loved ones said.
His family and friends will celebrate his life at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Riverton United Methodist Church, 1116 W. Park Ave. in Riverton. A luncheon will follow the memorial.
Burial will take place on a later date at the family cemetery at the Reynolds Ranch in Deerfield, S.D.
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