Robert (Bob) E. Reding
Bob Reding passed away on August 1, 2014 at Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton, B.C. He was born in Newall, Iowa, USA to Harvey Reding and Mabel (Baer) Reding on July 18, 1924.
In 1941 he joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 in order to serve in World War II. He carried out his duties chiefly on ships conducting escort duty for merchant ships in the South and North Atlantic. He also contributed to the efforts in Italy, North Africa, the invasion of Normandy (D Day) and the battle at Midway Island in the Pacific. He earned the ranks of Torpedoman First Class and Coxwain. He was awarded the United States Purple Heart after being wounded in battle.
On December 24, 1952, Bob married Sarah Ann (Embleton) Lorenzi and adopted her daughter Carol Ann. Three children were born to this union; Robert Earl (Rob); Bonnie Jane; and Linda Jo. The family lived in Colorado and Missouri and in 1971 they immigrated to Canada to settle near Moricetown, B.C.
Bob Reding is survived by his three daughters: Carol (Mike) Smith; Bonnie J. McCreery; and Linda Jo Hagen; as well as fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; his brother Earl; and sister Jane. He was predeceased by his parents, Harvey and Mable Reding; his son Rob; his brother Joe, his sister Carol; his son-in-law Lars (Lew) Hagen; and his wife Sarah.