Vail Daily obituary: Theodore Reynolds, 1933-2012
Ryan Summerlin November 28, 2012
Theodore Reynolds, 79, of Gypsum, passed away Nov. 22 at his home after a lengthy illness.He was born May 20, 1933, in Glenwood Springs to Floyd (Shorty) and Raye Reynolds. He lived in Edwards through his childhood. He worked on area ranches at a very young age, working all the duties that come with ranching and farming. He herded cows up on Piney, staying in cow camps and always listening to the coyotes howl.Ted attended grade school in Edwards. He walked over a mile to the one-room school house with his brothers and sister. Ted worked in the mill at the Gilman mine for a number of years.He married Nettie May Hurt, in 1957, where they lived in Edwards. After he left the Gilman Mill he went back to working for local ranches for a few years punching cows and working the hay fields up Canyon Creek and Burns. He then joined the lumber industry. He worked for Western Slope Lumber Co., which later became Kaibab Industries. He cut and skidded the trees by workhorse up on Muddy Creek and Piney and hauled them to the lumber camp to be transported to the saw mill. He later became the plainer foreman, where he stayed until forming his own businesses, T & T Excavating Service, where Ted purchased a backhoe, a loader, and a dump truck. He developed properties in Salida and local subdivisions and mobile home parks including Mountain View Trailer Court in Gypsum. He took a lot of pride in maintaining and operating the Trailer Courts and Eagle River Storage in Gypsum.Ted’s health forced him to get out of the dust from excavating. However, he kept his equipment. In the more recent years, one of his sons, Mark, has been able to maintain the properties.Ted spent many years serving the local community. He served as a member of the Cedar Hill Cemetery board of directors and was president for a number of years. He opened and closed graves for many years. Ted was a certified asbestos inspector. He also served on the Gypsum Town Council and was a leader for the Cub and Boy Scouts of America.Ted enjoyed fishing and picnicking with family on Gypsum Creek. He also liked hunting and camping in the high country. He enjoyed four-wheeling with family and friends in Colorado and Utah. Ted enjoyed reading Western novels and watching Western movies on the television.Ted is survived by his wife, Nettie May Reynolds, of 55 years, from Gypsum; sons Mark Reynolds (Jennifer), of Gypsum, Marvin Reynolds (Jaunita), of Alamosa; daughters Marcia Parmenter (Jim), of Gypsum and Marla Gilley, of Clifton; and brothers Royce Reynolds (Lois), of Lakewood, Donald (Duke) Reynolds, of Sheridan, Ore., and Felix Reynolds (Louise), of Clifton.Preceding him in death are his parents, Floyd (Shorty) and Alice Raye Reynolds; brothers Athol (Pete) Reynolds, Myron (Jim) Reynolds, Walt Reynolds, Morris Reynolds, John L. Reynolds and Louis (Taps) Reynolds; and sister Evelyn (Reynolds) Main.Ted enjoyed spending time with his 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. They always came by to visit with him and Grandma. Some drew pictures and wrote poems for him, all of which he posted on the wall. The children loved to ride with Grandpa in his pickup and on his four-wheeler. They also loved hearing stories of his younger life as a “hillbilly.”In the later years, Ted used his electric wheelchair when outside, riding it to friends and neighbors, including his mobile home park and the Highway 6 store for coffee and a quick visit.For the past 18 years, Ted enjoyed going the Arizona for the winter months. Until recently, he felt like he may be able to get there this winter.A memorial will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Calvary Church at 35 Lindbergh Drive in Gypsum.Officiating clergy will be Pastor Eric Collom.Ted’s ashes will be spread in the Dome Peak and Gypsum areas.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alpine Home Health Care and Alpine Hospice at 1517 Blake Ave., No. 100B, Glenwood Springs, CO.