Chester H. "Chet" Reynolds Jr.

September 19, 1943April 8, 2018
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Chester H. “Chet” Reynolds, Jr. 74 years of age passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born September 19, 1943 in Lafayette, Indiana to the late Chester H. Reynolds, Sr. and Merlin Miller. He was retired from Lafayette Venetian Blind Inc. after 40 years. Chet was a member of St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Sellersburg. He was an avid sports fan. His favorite teams were Purdue, U of L and Bellarmine University. Some of his favorite things to do included listening to old country music, playing euchre and poker with the guys, and occasionally making a trip to one of the local casinos. He had a wonderfully dry sense of humor, he was kind and quiet but when he had something to say everyone seemed to listen. He will be dearly missed by his many friends and family members. Chet was preceded in death by his granddaughter Lydia Ricci.

Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years Ruth Ann (Buren) Reynolds, children, Donald “Don” Reynolds, Kevin Knott (Mary Alice), Karen Knott Ricci, and Kimberley Knott Farrell (Fred), grandchildren, Kaitlyn Knott, Lucy Knott Daddona (Nick), George Knott (Aimee), Olivia, Caroline, Quinn, Molly, and Lilly Farrell, great-granddaughter, Charlotte Daddona, siblings, Shirley Reynolds, Michael Reynolds (Belin), Kay Berninger (Howard), Barbara Warford (Dave), and many close friends.

Visitation will be from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday and after 10:00 am Saturday at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1:00 pm Saturday at St. John Paul II Catholic Church (St. Joe Hill Campus) in Sellersburg with burial to follow in St. Joe Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Providence High School, or Crusade for Children.

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  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018

Chester H. "Chet" Reynolds Jr.

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Barbara Warford

April 11, 2018

My dearest big brother,
I am missing you so much right now.
Even though we only saw each other a few times a year, they were always wonderful. Looked forward to every one.
When you surprised us the year Mom passed and continued her tradition with the chocolate covered cherries was so thoughtful all these years.
All the jokes you could tell so perfect, laughter. Your smile so big when I would try my best to to tell one...
Me being the youngest, being spoiled rotten by all my older siblings!! Helping me me through a very rough time, I'll never forget.
Your advice being spot on every time.
I remember , I was probably around seven , no seat belts then, standing next to you while driving, Pretending we were on a date. You always made me feel extra special..
I couldn't have ordered a more special brother from God. Now you are with him in a new place.
I will try to take comfort from him missing your absents here with us.
I didn't inherit all the neatness, work ethics, but learned along the way from you.
Your perseverance and commitments through your life, work, marriage, your loss of your grand daughter! I can't imagine.
Most of all your continuing battle with your illness. You were such a trooper. I Love you with all of my Heart. Missing you so much. Until we meet again, Much Love, 'lil sis, Barbara Diane, and David.....

Nancy and Don Buxton

April 10, 2018

So sorry to hear about Chet's passing. We worked with Chet for 30 years, off and on, when he was our Territory Manager for LVB. His word was his bond, his smile as wide as could be and he never met a problem that didn't have a solution. We could meet to talk about products and end up talking life and living.

Chet was always a gentleman and friend and represented LVB with a professionalism that was unsurpassed. We always looked forward to spending time with him at those sales meetings. There was never anyone more down to earth than Chet.

When our daughter and son in law were suddenly taken from us about 5 1/2 years ago, Chet came to visit us and we spent some valuable time together. Until then, we did not know that Chet had lost his granddaughter. That day, we talked about what loss was and how he was dealing with it. Through his example, we were made aware that we could deal with our loss one day at a time. He later presented us with some "Angel " photo frames, with our daughter's picture already inserted. We will always have ours on display. In his heart, he knew we were hurting and he helped ease the hurt.

That was the Chet Reynolds we knew. We believe he is gracing Heaven with his smile.

May God Bless Your Family

Nancy and Don Buxton

Kay Berninger

April 10, 2018

You were always the most loving, caring, gentle guy I ever knew. I was so proud to have you for a brother. I never knew what was going through your mind, but I always knew what was in your heart! You will be in my heart forever and I will miss you dearly. Kisses and Hugs!! Love you big brother,


Larry Robbins

April 10, 2018

For many years, Chet was my Lafayette representative. Meeting with him and seeing him at the trade shows was always something I looked forward to. He was a gentle, kind, sincere friend with a wry sense of humor. Chet was a blessing to those of us in the industry who knew him!
Larry Robbins

Shirley Reynolds

April 10, 2018

I am having trouble realizing that Chet is gone. He was my quiet and sometimes goofy brother who could get the biggest laughs with the fewest words of anyone I have ever known. Memories of our childhood playing cowboys and baseball out in the field behind our house have come flooding back and have come with tears and many smiles. Memories of the chocolate-covered cherries he always gave us for Christmas for mom after she died; the time he told me my pictures were hung too high (and he was right!); the day he told me that dad had died and gave me a big hug; his beaming face when Don was born; his devotion to his family and the love the Burens felt for him; his tidiness and his one and only way of folding the towels; his great work ethic from his first paper route through his career with Lafayette Interiors; his sparkling turquoise eyes. He was a wonderful brother and he will always remain in my heart....and I'm sure in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Sandy Huhn

April 10, 2018

What a blessing you were to the Buren Family, and to everyone that would meet you and see that sparkle in your eyes. Hugs, Sandy

Kathy Fry

April 9, 2018

Kevin and family so sorry for your loss. Chet was a wonderful man.