07-12-2018 Tri-City Area Obituaries

Obituaries

HARRY A. REYNOLDS

Harry A. Reynolds, 85, formerly of Benton Harbor and Watervliet, passed away June 26, 2018 in Wickenburg, Arizona, two years to the day of the passing of his twin, Ernie.

The twins were born July 10, 1932 to Hazel and Frank Reynolds.

Harry served in the army in Guam, Okinawa, and France where he met his true love, Jacqualine. He brought her back to the U.S. where she became a citizen and they were married in 1958. After his discharge from the army, Harry operated a long haul truck service for 10 years and then became a business agent for Teamsters Local 7, Kalamazoo for 25 years. He then retired because of health reasons. He and his wife moved to Wickenburg, AZ where they have resided since 1991.

Harry is survived by his loving wife, Jacqualine of 60 years; sister-in-law Patricia Reynolds of Coloma; many nieces and nephews; and long-time friend Tat Parish. He will sadly be missed by all.

He is preceded in death by his parents, twin Ernie, brothers Millard and Richard, sisters Leora (Ernie) Neff, Frances (Albert) Focht, Eleanor (Fred) Kibler, and Doris Reynolds.

Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan.

BETTY JOE SMITH

Betty’s life began July 8, 1931 in Maryville, Tennessee.  She called Michigan home for most of her life where she loved raising her loving family with her husband John W. Smith.  Betty enjoyed flower gardening and a love for classic country music. She will be remembered for caring for her extended family as well as her favorite dog Daisy Mae.

Betty leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory including: four children Joann Gingrich, Dana Smith, Nancy (Carroll) Bailey, and Lisa (Joe) Sikes; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers Gene Vaughn and Donald Vaughn; a son-in-law Vernon Holcomb; a special niece and nephew Elaine Vaughn and Pnut Marable (Vaughn); and many nieces and nephews.

Betty died Saturday, July 7, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

She is preceded in death by her husband John W. Smith; five children Shirley Buckley, Louanne Holcomb, Sandy Wilcoxson, Brenda Smith, and Debi Smith; three grandchildren; her parents John Orville and Belle (Scott) Vaughn; and six siblings.

Friends visited with Betty’s family Wednesday, July 11, at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet where funeral services will be celebrated Thursday, July 12, at 12:00 p.m.  Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens in Hagar Shores.

Memorials may be made in Betty’s memory to Caring Circle Hospice. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Betty’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com.

PATRICK TARANTINO Sr.

Patrick John Tarantino Sr. was called home to be with our Lord on July 2, 2018.

Patrick was born on April 2, 1952 to Ross William and Billie Jean (Neddo) Tarantino. He attended and graduated from Lawrence Public Schools. As an adult he resided in both the communities of Lawrence and Hartford. He worked many years for the Van Buren County Road Commission in Lawrence. He then went on to work at several road construction companies, many times out of state. He was a very active man who loved the outdoors.  He was an avid deer hunter and loved antiques from the 50s. He took pride in his family, his home, and his country.