Wheeler Harvey "Bill" Reynolds, 88, of Augusta and formerly of Perris, Calif. passed away on Aug. 25, 2009, after a prolonged battle with bladder cancer.
Visitation 10-11 a.m. with service beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Miller- Jones Mortuary, Perris, Calif. Military graveside rites will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Calif.
Wheeler was born in Darlington, SC on July 5, 1921 to Lucas and Delia (Barfield) Reynolds.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1940-1945 in the Pacific Theatre and was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. He received many medals for his service to his country including the Bronze Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, the Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar and the one he was most proud of, The Combat Infantryman Badge.
Wheeler retired from the construction industry in 1983. Wheeler was an avid golfer and over his lifetime was able to achieve one of the most difficult feats in the sport of golf with seven hole-in-ones. He continued to pursue his passion for the game by serving as a Marshal at various golf courses in the Southern California area until he was 82 years old. He also loved to fish and took many family vacations to some of his favorite fishing areas. Wheeler was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Chapter #27 in Hemet, Calif., the American Legion Post #0189 in Augusta, Kan. and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #4 in Wichita, Kan.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Sylvia (Joslin), his daughter, Elizabeth (Tony) Morrison and his two granddaughters, Cassandra and Breanna of Augusta; his two sisters, Betty Jean Storts of Ridgely, Tenn. and Florence Heffron of Escondido, Calif.; nephew, Frank (Linda) Sousa and niece Cindy Sousa of Bakersfield, Calif.; niece, Ginger (Don) Hayslette of Glendale Heights, Ill.; niece, Judy (Frank) Kajdanowski of Chicago, Ill.; many other beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter; sisters, Blanche Swantek, Mary Lynch, Jessie Swiatek; brothers, Albert and Lindberg Reynolds and niece, Cathi Sousa Doyle.
Memorial established with Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, P.O. Box 793, Hemet, CA 92546-0793.
Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta entrusted to local services.