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Dr. Howard Reynolds

May 1, 1914 — April 10, 2014

Dr. Howard Reynolds

Dr. Howard C. Reynolds, age 99 of Hays, KS passed away April 10, 2014 at Hays Medical Center. He was born May 1, 1914 to George Washington and Marion Irene (Spear) Reynolds in Seward County, Nebraska.

He was a 1931 graduate of Seward High School; U.S. Army WW II Veteran; earned his BS, Masters and PhD from University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Botanist with Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS for 25 years; Dr. Reynolds received the Excellence in Botany Award in the state of Kansas in 2008; member First United Methodist Church, Hays, KS; charter member of Seward VFW #4755; member of Hays VFW #9076; other memberships: Botanical Society of America, American Association of Plant Taxonomists and many horticultural societies.

A number of fossil plants, Nasella reynoldsii (a grass seed), Prisca reynoldsii ( a flowering stem) and Reynoldsiophyllum nebrascense (a leaf), have been named for him by his professional colleagues in recognition of his contributions in teaching, discovery, and research in botany and paleobatany.

In 2011 the Hays Optimist Club, in partnership with the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, created the Dr. Howard Reynolds Nature Trail in his honor. The trail is located just west of the Sternberg's west parking lot and is open to the public.

He is survived by a sister, Marion Eskildsen, Richland, WA; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 14 at First United Methodist Church, Hays, KS. Services in care of Brock's Funeral Chapel 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

Memorials may be made to Elam Bartholomew Herbarium Fund at Fort Hays State University Foundation or the First United Methodist Church, Hays, KS in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family by guest book at or emailed to

Graveside Services and Inurnment will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at Seward Cemetery, Seward, NE with full Military Honors. Family and friends will gather at the Zabka Funeral Home in Seward, NE. at 10:30 a.m. and will then proceed to the cemetery.

Service Information

Memorial Service Monday

April 14, 2014

10:00 AM

Hays First United Methodist Church

305 w. 7th street

Hays, Kansas 67601

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