Willie Fern Elizabeth (Young) Reynolds, 97, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Odessa, Missouri, was born, January 13, 1924, in Napoleon, Missouri, the daughter of Henry G. and Ida May (Krutzmann) Young. She departed this life, Thursday, March 4, 2021, at her home surrounded with love and family.
Fern attended the Farmers High School in Odessa leaving school early to support the war effort.
On December 12, 1940, she was united in marriage to John R. Reynolds in Richmond, Missouri.
When WWII started there was a need for female employees to support the war effort. Fern went to work for North American in 1943. She worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” and was involved in the manufacturing of the B24 Liberator. She went to work for Bendix in 1952 and retired after 35 years of service in 1987. She was a member of the Lake Lotawana V.F.W.Post #6272 Auxiliary and the St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Blue Springs. She enjoyed being outside working in the garden or watching the wildlife on her property, and playing cards. She most loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She never met a stranger and was selfless in her service to others.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Lillian Young; four brothers, Dempsey Young, Jeff Young, Harrison Young, and Everett Young; and one son, James R. Reynolds.
She is survived by her husband, John Riley Reynolds of the home; one son, Gary (and Vicki) Reynolds of Napoleon; one daughter, Linda (and Dennis) Secrist of Pleasant Hill; seven grandchildren , Ami Lewis (and Jamey) of Bates City, Scott Reynolds of Liberty, Courtney Reynolds of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Stephen (and Tracy) Secrist of Pleasant Hill, Brian (and Natalie) Secrist of Lee’s Summit, Justin (and Stephanie) Secrist of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Amber Secrist of Pleasant Hill; great grandchildren, Jackson, Makenzie, Rhylie, Collin, Dalton, Keegan, Grady, Elizabeth, Addison, Kaeden, Bridgette, Ridgley, and Nixon; one sister, Berniece Stutzman of Miami, Oklahoma; other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Fern’s life was held Friday, March 12, 2021, at the funeral home. Reverend Chris Middleton of the Evangelical Free Church, Wellington officiated. Inurnment will be the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, at a later date.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Lay Clergy Love Fund or the City Union Mission and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550