After graduating from High School in 1940, Hap Reynard ended up going to Colson Corporation, a bicycle manufacturer who ended up making machine gun parts to support the war efforts. Hap once said, I started in a bicycle factory, ended up making 50-caliber machine gun cores, and two years later I was firing one.”
After the war, Hap went home where he built several businesses and a life. He did quite well, first buying a gas station, later doing advertising for Coca-Cola, and then venturing into interior design where he eventually opened his own store, Reynard Interiors in Mansfield, Ohio.
Our Resource Center was honored to be able to meet Hap, now 96, and his wife, Alice this year after we received a call from their son. Living out of state and nearly 500 miles away, he was worried about his dad who is a Mason and lives alone. His mom is in an assisted living facility, and he was also worried about her as she recently fell and needed therapy services upon returning from the hospital to her apartment. He said how difficult it is to be so far away and not able to check in on them to see how they are doing or help them as needs arise.
Our Ohio Masonic Home Liaisons were able to do home visits, to both Hap and Alice, and connect them to services. We were able to get Hap weekly home care services, meal delivery services, and coordinate appointments with the VA to get his hearing aids checked. Hap now has new hearing aids, and the county he lived in even had Levy funds available to help cover the cost of private duty home care.
Hap was used to driving from Mansfield to Ashland, every single day, to be able see Alice in her assisted living apartment. Being a World War II veteran, we are helping him apply for Aid and Attendance benefits through the VA, which could help with the cost of assisted living so that Hap could move into assisted living with Alice and they could be together again. It has been such a joy getting to know these two and hear their love story.
Let us help you care for the ones you care about. Call our resource center at 877-881-1623. We’re here to help.