Rodney Wallace Reedy (formerly of Hobson, MT) was born in Tacoma, WA. The son of Perry M. Reedy and Evalyn A. Yerkes. Rodney died peacefully at age 95. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by talented daughter Barbra M. Reedy, as well as brothers Donald and Perry (Merlin).
Rodney is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Mair Hurley Reedy; brother, Gerald Reedy; son, Lewis Reedy and spouse Martina Carlos; grandson, Gabriel Reedy; cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rodney volunteered for military service in April 1941, spending five and a half years in the Army. During WWII, he had tours of duty in Northern Africa, Italy and France before returning to Northern California where he and Mair resided for 33 years. Rodney worked as a civilian consultant for the U.S. Air Force and was part of a small group of programmers who developed the first successful computer compiler.
In the mid 1970’s, Rodney and Mair visited the Judith Basin area of Montana and decided to relocate from Sacramento for a more relaxing retirement environment. Shortly after their arrival, Utica’s Oxen Yoke Inn burned to the ground. With architect daughter, Barbra and the help from individuals in the community, Rod and Mair re-constructed the Oxen Yoke as the first solar heated bar/restaurant in Montana. They owned/managed same for a number of years.
Rodney served as Hobson City Councilman for two years, Post Commander of Hobson American Legion Post #76, Post District Commander American Legion District 9, Post Service Officer, Oratorical Contest Chair, and American Legion Boys State Chair as part of his active civic commitments.
Rodney was an avid outdoors-man, loving fishing and hunting but was also a skilled craftsman enjoying woodworking and knitting. Friends and family will remember his favorite tangerine sweater along with those items he created with yarns, needles and nimble fingers. His sweaters, hats, scarves and even socks will be worn with pride, knowing the gentle man who made them.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at the Creel Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday. Military Honors will be provided by the Hobson American Legion Post #76, Fergus American Legion Post #16, and Montana Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, 1903 Central Avenue, Billings, MT 59102 or Hospice of Central Montana, 408 Wendell Ave., Lewistown, MT 59457. Acknowledgements can be sent to Mair H. Reedy, 404 Summit Ave. Apt. 13, Lewistown, MT 59457.
Service arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Condolences can be expressed online at www.creelfuneralhome.com