Reno Hyde was born in Cabool, MO on April 2, 1963; he departed this life on February 21, 2018 at the age of 54. He was the son of Rex and Polly Hyde, both of whom predeceased him.
Reno was born prematurely at a small clinic which wasn’t fully prepared to provide enough oxygen to him at birth. As a result Reno developed Cerebral Palsy which affected him throughout his life.
Even with his limitations Reno had a ready smile to share with those around him: rarely was he in a bad mood. He often made short work of the predictions offered by medical professionals. Early in his life a doctor predicted that Reno would never be able to walk unaided. Reno worked hard to develop the ability to stand and walk. While his gait was unsteady and he fell frequently he worked very hard to master the skill. He had a chin full of scars which attested to his determination to persevere in spite of his balance issues.
Reno attended programming at the ARC of the Ozarks and the Cerebral Palsy Center, now called the Developmental Center of the Ozarks, over the course of his life. It was there that he met Malinda and from nearly their first meeting, almost 20 years ago, the pair have had a connection. They would meet for dinner at local establishments, attend special events and simply enjoy each other’s company. Malinda was the love of Reno’s life. We extend much heartfelt compassion to her.
During his younger years Reno lived at home with his mother, Polly, spending many of those years in rural Rogersville. He loved the freedom of being able to ‘drive’ his own golf cart out in the pasture. Taking a ride with Reno was certainly an adventure. He would get so excited while out on a ride that sometimes he would forget and take his hand off the steering; his foot, however, never left the accelerator.
Polly, Reno and his brothers, Ron and Randy, moved to town (Springfield) in the early 70’s. They lived on West Grand Street for a number of years. In 1981 Reno became one of the first residents of a new group home for the disabled located on West Alta Street in southwest Springfield. He loved the independence of ‘living on his own’ and having roommates. He later lived at homes on Sagamont Street and Sherman Ave. In October 2009 Reno moved to Harvard House where he lived until his passing.
Reno’s twinkling blue eyes allowed him to express himself in many different ways. He was a shameless flirt with the ladies; nearly every woman who took care of Reno fell to the charms of his smiles, his laugh and his baby blues.
Reno loved the three C’s: Coffee, Country Music and Cigarettes. Any day he could combine the three was a good day. The radio played softly in his room twenty-four hours per day. His first request of any visitor was to ‘go smoke’ after smoking he’d want a bit of coffee.
For the past 15 years Reno was quadriplegic; requiring full time care and support. Turning him, bathing him, feeding him, taking him out to smoke, changing him, etc. taking care of Reno was a full time task. Only once during those many years did he have any issue with skin breakdown. This is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the dozens and dozens of staff who worked with him. Each of you touched his heart and he/we deeply appreciate all that you did for him over the years.
Reno’s remains will be spread on the grave of his father who died many years ago. Also, the ashes of Polly will be spread at that location; she passed in Feb 2005. Reno leaves behind three brothers: Bob, Ron and Randy; six nieces and 11 great nieces and nephews; and three great-great nieces.
Instead of flowers the family requests donations to Special Olympics of the Ozarks.
A Memorial Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut Street, Springfield, Missouri.
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