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John James Reedy

Hilland, SD

1934, 2756, Pierre, S-207 Member
1935, 2756, Pierre, S-207 Ass't Leader

John James Reedy of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, March 21, 1987 at the V.A. Medical Center in Ft. Meade at the age of 73

John J. Reedy was born January 4, 1914, at Winthrop, Iowa, to James and Catherine (Huston) Reedy. He came to South Dakota with his parents in 1926 when he was twelve years old.

John graduated from Philip High School in 1933. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1934 to 1936. The skills he learned during this time led to 47 years in the dirt moving profession. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was united in marriage to Emilie Barcal on September 21, 1942, at White River, South Dakota. Together they farmed and ranched in the Hilland and Philip areas for 28 years. They moved into Philip in 1970, when their sons took over the ranching operation.

John became Haakon County Highway Superintendent and served in that capacity until he retired in 1976. One of the highlights of John's life was the trip he, Emilie, and their son, Michael, took to his ancestral country, Ireland, in 1980.

John was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the American Legion Post #173, both of Philip.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Emilie, of Philip; their children, Mary Kay and her husband, Larry Sandal, and their children: John and his wife, Claudia, Clint, Laurie, Todd, Paul, Dina and Scott; Robert Reedy and his wife, Paula, and their children: Julie, Will, Christy, Mary, Anna, and Meghan; Richard Reedy (deceased) and his wife, Annie, Reedy Brunskill and her husband, Obie, and their children: James, Matthew, Erin, and John Paul Reedy and Marcy, Donna, Julie and Ross Brunskill; Joe Reedy (deceased); Joann and her husband, Lester, Pearson, and their children: Lance, Heather, and Haylee; Michael Reedy; one sister, Berniece Jensen of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his two sons, Joe and Richard, John was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Huston Reedy; three sisters, Veronica Hart, and two in infancy.

Interment with Military Honors by the Philip American Legion Post #173 Masonic Cemetery Philip, South Dakota

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