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May 23, 2022

1/25/2022 11:40:00 AM
Reynolds, Merton Lloyd

Merton Lloyd Reynolds, 91, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2022 surrounded by his loving family, from complications of vascular dementia. Merton was born on December 19, 1930 to John and Pearl (Frank) Reynolds and grew up on the family farm.

He graduated from Hollandale High School in 1948. On October 24, 1953, Merton was united in marriage to Nancy Ann Fitzsimmons. This provided the greatest joy of his life, sixty-eight years of companionship and friendship with the woman he treasured. They farmed together first on land near his parents, then on the current farm from 1960 until presently. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and participated in the activities of the church during his entire life, from attending after-church picnics and ballgames as a child, to serving on various committees later on, to being a caretaker/custodian for 50 plus years. He valued the friendships and fellowship and was happy to see the church still thriving.

Merton is survived by Nancy and their four children: Debbie (Michael) Murphy, Seattle; Jeff (Chris) Reynolds, Mineral Point; Becki (Jeff) Cunningham, Neenah; and Lisa Reynolds, Lakewood, CO. He was loved and respected by his nine grandchildren: Ben (Ellen) Murphy, Brendan Murphy, John (Anna Kostial) Murphy; Ross (Danielle) Reynolds, Bree Ann (Tanner) Terrill, Sean (Brianne Williams) Cunningham, Katie (Aaron Hughes) Cunningham; Nate (MacKenzie) Kaufman, and Brodie Kaufman. He was adored by his ten great-grandchildren: Max and Maverick Murphy; Charlie, Layne, Henry, and Jack Reynolds; Bryce and Eva Terrill; and Cassius and Calvin Hughes.

Merton was the eighth of nine children and now enjoys a reunion with the rest of his family in heaven: his parents, and siblings Ruth, Bill, Earl, Betty, Willard, Jack, Bob, and Walt. He was very proud of his family heritage. He was also predeceased by Nancy's parents Bree and Catherine, several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and friends.
He is survived by sisters-in-law Dorothy Reynolds, Esther Reynolds, Marian Reynolds, Eleanor Reynolds, and Janet May; and many nieces and nephews.

Merton was kind and friendly and enjoyed striking up conversations with new people. He had an affinity for helping guide young people in his unassuming, caring way. He would help anyone in need without expecting a thing in return. He could fix any piece of machinery and loved working in the woods.

He was an excellent basketball and baseball player, and along with his brothers they enjoyed much success playing city league basketball and home talent baseball. Many times it was five Reynolds boys on the basketball court competing against the other teams. He passed this love of sports on to his offspring and enjoyed attending their various games throughout the years.
Mert's love of practical jokes, wit, and dry sense of humor provided us with countless moments of laughter. He truly left the world a better place and will be missed so very, very much.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gordon Grieshaber, Dr. Peter Mullin, the nursing staff at Upland Hills Health and the physicians, nursing staff, and hospice team at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison for their thoughtful, compassionate care.

A memorial celebration of Merton's life will be held at a later date with details to follow at that time. Memorials may be directed to Bethel United Methodist Church, Mineral Point, WI or Hospice Services at SSM Health, St. Mary's Madison, WI. The family is being assisted by Lulloff -Peterson- Houck Funeral Home, Dodgeville. Online condolences may be made at

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