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We would like to thank you for all your support in our time of sorrow. It fills our hearts to know that he was so well liked/loved by so many people. ~ The family of Thomas "Crusher" Reynolds


Thomas Joseph “Crusher” Reynolds, 56, of Burlington, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 at his home. He was born April 5, 1953 in Methuen, MA to Robert Henry and Mary Margaret (nee Buss) Reynolds. He spent his early life in Bohner’s Lake and graduated from Burlington High School. He received advanced training at Burlington Hospital where he was part of the maintenance staff.

Tom was an honorary member of the SFB’s and a fan club leader for John Prine Shrine. He was of the Roman Catholic Faith. He enjoyed music, riding his Harley, escaping to Eagle River and the Three Stooges. He did a lot of volunteer work with the elderly, Meals-On-Wheels and Telecare. He had many friends, was well known and loved by all. His children and grandchildren were the greatest love of his life.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Reynolds of Burlington, son, Edward (Nicole) Reynolds of Kansasville, daughter, Kelly Reynolds of Burlington, grandchildren, Shay, Kiya and Jahsias, brother, Harry (Min) Reynolds of Hanover, MD, sisters, Kathy (Steve) Wiskes of Oregon, Wendy (Sam) McSheffrey of Sebring, FL, nieces and nephews, Sara (Joe) Madden, Brandon & Dustin Wiskes, Bob & Matt Reynolds, Shelby Pelz and Kiersten McSheffrey. He is further survived by many cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, grandpa and grandma Reynolds, grandpa and grandma Buss, special Uncle Bernie and several other aunts and uncles.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010 at 7:00PM at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday, Jan. 24th from 2 – 7PM at the funeral home.


Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory
625 Browns Lake Dr. - Burlington, WI 53105 - 262-763-3434


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"My family and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Crushers passing. Dave, Jason and I will miss Crusher, waiting there by the back door for sound check, with his kind smiling face and gentle presence. Our hearts are with Crusher's family and friends at this time while they grieve this sad loss."

John Prine


Feb 9, 2008
excerpt from John Prine with Iris DeMent concert in Whitewater WI
"Hey Crusher, you here tonight? This is for you" and from the back of Young Auditorium came this roar of "Yeah Crusher" - Prine shot back "You got your own fan club here, too" This was Crusher's 88th or 89th, maybe 90th Prine show, plus being a buddy of John's - well it was just the coolest thing when John sang such an emotional "Mexican Home" from Crusher's top ten favorite Prine songs list. It had me all choked up... and I won't ramble on about that big Burly Guy from Burlington being in touch with his feelings and shedding a few tears or anything... don't want to embarrass him, you know. Oh John sang it so slow and sad, I am getting a lump in my throat just thinking about how beautifully heavy it rested upon my heart. Prine ended with "That was for you Crusher" and he replied, with "Hi Buddy"