Oldest Boy Scout Laid to Rest

By WBNG News

November 18, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM EDT

Susquehanna, Pa (WBNG Binghamton) Friends and family remember the man they say is the oldest Boy Scout in America.

Ira Reynolds passed away over the weekend.

Leigh Dana takes us to his funeral in Susquehanna.

9 decades of service.

An American flag covers the casket of one of the country's oldest active Boy Scout, Ira Reynolds.

"He was just a legend and his knowledge and always wanted to help people learn more," said Robert Dealaman, with the Binghamton Boy Scout Chapter.

Reynolds joined the Boy Scouts 4 years after the organization was formed in 1914.

He was the first Scoutmaster of Troop 81 in Susquehanna.

At his funeral Thursday, current Troop 81 and the soon to be new Scoutmaster who has some big shoes to fill.

"I feel like I am continuing a legacy for a man that served the boy scouts for 95 years," said Martin Seidel. "83 years of service to our community."

For 83 years, Reynolds not only volunteered to help the people of Susquehanna, "I spoke with people that are old enough to be my grandparents that remember the things that he taught them," said Seidel.

He also founded Camp Tuscarora in Windsor, where these scouts get to experience the outdoors.

"Ira was on the committee. He actually suggested that property be looked at," said Dealaman.

From boys starting at age 12 to young adults, Reynolds has been a role model to so many.

"I just hope that I can live my life like he did and teach others and be an inspiration like he was," said boy scout, John Herbert.

A humble man, now a hero to others.

In Susquehanna, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

Reynolds was 108 years old.

The Borough of Susquehanna has declared November 18th an annual memorial day in his honor.

A local park was also renamed in remembrance of him.

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