Maj. Alex C. Reedy, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), 82, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Oct. 8, 2013, in Crestview. He was born in Warr, W.V., March 18, 1931, the seventh child of John Robert and Laura (Sheets) Reedy. He joined the Air Force Cadet Program in 1951 and was commissioned in 1954 as a second lieutenant with Radar Interceptor Wings. He received his pilot wings in 1958. He served at the following bases: Harlingen Air Force Base, Texas (where he met and married his wife, Gloria), Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Dow Air Force Base, Maine, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. From 1969 through 1970 he flew RF 101s on Combat Photo Reconnaissance Missions in Vietnam. He also flew the F-86 and F-102 aircraft. He earned the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star. He accumulated over 18,000 flying hours and retired in 1971 as a major.
He earned a BS from Athens State College and a MPA from Troy State University.
Following his retirement, he was Pilot Examiner for Private, Commercial, Instrument and Flight Instructor in Alabama and Florida. He taught flying at Athens State College in Athens, Ala., and then was asked by the President of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala., to start a two-year degree flight program in Cullman, Ala. He started his own flight school and Air Taxi Operation (Condor Aero Service) with a fleet of nine aircraft and also operated the Fixed Base Operation and managed Rountree Airport in Hartselle, Ala. He sold the business and went to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., as the Chief Flight Instructor for the Aero Club. He was assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He moved to Crestview to be close to the military base and airplanes he loved.
Alex was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, and a faithful member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Gloria (Mendez); his children, Jerry, Karen (Self), and James, and their spouses; and seven grandchildren. His oldest son, Alex, passed away in 1998.
Funeral Mass for Alex will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Crestview. The family will receive friends at the church starting one hour prior to the Mass.
For those wishing to send condolences, expressions of sympathy in the form of religious Memorials, or donations to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 550 Adams Dr., Crestview, FL 32536 in the name of Alex would be gratefully accepted by his family.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com.
Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home
436 West James Lee Boulevard Crestview, FL 32536
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013