RAYMOND REYNOLDS, a longtime resident of Perry, will be celebrating his 100th birthday on Thursday, Dec. 21. His family is hosting a community open house birthday celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Perry Township Hall, 2770 W. Ellsworth Rd. in Perry. All are welcome to join Raymond’s family and friends for cake and refreshments.
Raymond has lived in Perry since 1940, and has occupied the same home since 1958. He owned and operated Reynolds Food Market in Perry from 1946 until he retired in 1977. As a longtime resident of Perry, Raymond served on the Village Council, was a volunteer fireman and was active in the Perry Lions Club. He is a lifetime member of the Perry and Michigan Garden clubs, and a lifetime member of Masonic Lodge 350.
During his time as the owner and operator of Reynolds Food Market, Raymond served on the board of the Michigan Food Dealers Association, and he served on and became president of the Associated Grocers of Michigan in Lansing. After his retirement, Raymond served over 25 years with the Perry, Morrice, Shaftsburg Emergency Relief organization, and with the Perry-Morrice Senior Center.
His greatest and least known accomplishment was spearheading and chairing the drive to get lights for the athletic field at Perry High School in the early 1950s. He has received special tributes from the city of Perry and the state of Michigan. Raymond can be seen sitting on the steps of the Perry Congregational Church, where he has been faithfully attending since 1940.