Roy L. Reding, 89, of Highland died Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at St. Josephs Hospital in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on June 27 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from 9 to 10 a.m. on June 28 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on June 28 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, with the Rev. Christopher W. Hill, senior pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.
He was born June 14, 1925, in Highland to Edwin and Catherine (Haas) Reding. On Sept. 28, 1949, he married Viola Velma Tootie Merkle. She survives in Highland.
Mr. Reding was reared at Highland. He worked at Hug Trucking Co., Kens Greenhouse, and Basler Electric, as well as Polar Ice and Fuel for 25 years, and the city of Highland for 15 years. He retired from the city of Highland in 1987. In his earlier years, he helped make hay and shuck corn for area farmers. He also mowed lawns for several people.
In 1950, he built his home on Deal Street, where he lived with his wife, whom he adored, all of their married life 64 years.
He loved to fix things, dance, travel and spend time with his family, especially his sons and grandson. He enjoyed playing checkers, horseshoes, dominoes and fishing. He also loved his 1954 blue Chevy pickup truck and his 1939 John Deere tractor.
He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ and the church Brotherhood. He was also a member of the Weinheimer Senior Citizens and IMRF Chapter 31, and he was a former Boy Scout leader.
Survivors include sons, Dennis R. (Peggy) Reding of Highland and Kenneth W. Reding of Highland; a grandson, Nathan A. (Kelsey) Reding of Grantfork; a great-grandchild, Lucas Alan Reding of Grantfork; a sister, Betty Roth of Moberly, Mo.; godchildren, Steven (Dana) Oravec of Highland and Monica (Dan) Hurford of Glen Carbon; sisters-in-law, Doris Reding of St. Jacob, Eileen Reding of Highland, Judy Merkle of Highland, Mary Manville of Highland, Evelyn Rommerskirchen of Pocahontas and Peggy Oravec of Highland; and brothers-in-law, James Manville of Highland and John Oravec of Highland.
He was preceded in death by his father, who died on Oct. 4, 1948; his mother, who died on Dec. 31, 1982; brothers, Melvin Reding, who died on Oct. 30, 1952, Selmar Reding, who died on April 29, 1972, Rolland Reding, who died on Jan. 19, 2009, and Wilbur Reding, who died on Oct. 10, 1977; sisters, Stella Bohnenstiehl, who died on Oct. 6, 1991, Helen Reding, who died in infancy in 1917, Irma Iberg, who died on March 29, 2006, Ruth Reding, who died in infancy in 1936, Laura Reding, who died in 1939, Martha Warnecke, who died on July 24, 2006, and Irene Plocher, who died on Marhc 25, 1989; brothers-in-law, Waldo Bud Merkle, who died on Jan. 1, 2012, Leonard Plocher, who died on March 26, 1999, Duane Warnecke, who died on March 27, 2003, Oliver Iberg, who died on March 3, 1983, William Bohnenstiehl, Jerome Roth, who died on July 7, 1967, Norbert Von Hatten, Richard Lebegue, and David Rommerskirchen of Pocahontas; and sisters-in-law, Florence Lebegue, Ann Von Hatten, Stella Reding Brauer and Florence Reding; his mother-in-law, Verna (Keilbach) Merkle Riggs, died on Oct. 19, 2000; and his father-in-law, Walter Merkle, who died May 12, 1959.
Memorials may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ.