Ronald M. Reynolds

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Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Ronald "Ronnie" M. Reynolds, 68, of Jefferson City, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was born in New Bloomfield, the son of the late Morton M. and Helen (Whittler) Reynolds. He was united in marriage to Juanita J. Davis on April 10, 2004, in Holts Summit. Ronnie was a 1968 graduate of Jefferson City High School where he was a star tight end for the football team. After high school, Ronnie became a licensed barber where he established his business, both in the Fulton and Jefferson City areas. Ronnie attended Lincoln University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education and accepted his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He later earned his Masters of Business from the University of California, San Francisco. Ronnie served over 22 years on active duty where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the military, one of his favorite past times was physical fitness and running marathons. He completed marathons in Germany, Holland, San Francisco and New York. Prior to retiring, his last assignment was Professor of Military Science at Lincoln University Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). In 2008, he was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame at Lincoln University. Ronnie was a gubernatorial appointment for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and following that career he went on to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 7. Both fishing and farming were passions of Ronnie's. He loved the many hours spent outdoors raising cattle. Along with his many hours of farming, Ronnie found time to serve his community in many ways. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Jefferson City Boys and Girls Club from 1996 - 1997, and he was very involved as the President, in the early years of the club's development; a member of the Rotary Club of Jefferson City, where he served as the chapter president from 2000-2001; the Rotarian of the Year in 2001; the Rotarian Chair of the District Conference in 2003; a member of the Mike Kehoe Classic Basketball Tournament where he looked forward to every year hosting teams from other states; a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he served also as the President from 2002 - 2004 and an active member of the Capital City Masonic Lodge #9, for many years. Ronnie loved his Lord and Savior. He was a very faithful and active member of the Oak Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Guthrie Missouri. He was not only a Deacon but also a member of the Men's Chorus and Adult Choir. Along with his wife Juanita, he is survived by four sons: Vernon Greene of Kansas City, Tarik Benson of St. Louis, Joshua Davis of St. Louis and Jason Davis (Tulsi) of Chicago; five grandchildren: Zxaveon B. Reynolds, Kyonna McPherson, Montorious McPherson Jr., Brooklyn Zagorac and Anissa Prevost; five siblings: Shirley Whitmore (Lionel) of New Bloomfield, Betty Montgomery of Kansas City, Helen Kay McDaniel of Holts Summit, Steven Reynolds (Deborah) of Columbia and Debra Triplett (Robert) of Holts Summit; brother and sisters-in-law: Kevin Davis (Cheryl) of St. Louis, Roderick Davis (Pearl) of Indianapolis, and Geoffrey Davis (Cheri) of St. Louis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was preceded in death by two daughters; Yonni McPherson (2015) and YaQui Reynolds (2014). Friends will be received from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Holts Summit, Missouri with a Homegoing Service following at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Marion Mitchell providing the eulogy. Interment will be held at 1:15 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to either the Greater Missouri Chapter Alzheimer's Association or the Kidney Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of the HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

Published May 23, 2018