LUTHER ASHBY REEDY
1914 - 2013
Luther Ashby Reedy, 98, of Pensacola, died, Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
He was born in Mechanicsburg, Ohio on December 24, 1914, the son of John C. Reedy and Elizabeth Benston Reedy. Mr. Reedy retired from a life-long career in newspaper work and the Military (Lt. Col. USMC).
Luther "Bud" Reedy started his newspaper career as a newspaper carrier before he was 10 years old and went through the ranks ending up as Circulation Director at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 1962 he left the newspaper to work at Washington National Insurance.
Shortly after the start of WWII, Luther joined the Marine Corps. Later Luther spent 29 months in the South Pacific during WWII including stints on the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa. He served as Commander of the Pittsburgh Marine Corps Reserve Battalion in the 1950's. He had charge of the "Indian Talkers" during WWII.
"Bud" was a World Class hunter and fisherman, having traveled all over the world to fish and hunt "big game". He was also an avid golfer that continued to play golf at least three times a week and shot less than his age. His credo was "There are those that DO and those that talk about doing". He was always a "doer" and instilled that in his family.
Mr. reedy had been an active member in the SAR, Sons of the American Revolution, a 32nd degree Mason (3 lodges - Shriner, Scottish and Hadji); Military Order of World Wars; BPOE and First Families of Ohio.
Mr. Reedy was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Reedy; parents; two brothers, Mitchell and Gregory Reedy; and his two sisters, Ferne Lubbers and Doris Reedy.
Survivors include his five children; sons, Glen Reedy (Judy) of Galena, IL, Luther Reedy II (Cora) Pt. Hueneme, CA, Jeffrey Reedy (Billie) Lumberton, TX; daughters, Sandra Peasley (Don) Long Beach, CA and Pamela DiPrima (Charles) Glenview, IL; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to MMA (Marine Military Academy), 320 Iwo Jima Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550.
Graveside services were held at Barrancas National Cemetery on Friday, August 2, 2013. OAK LAWN FUNERAL HOME has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Aug. 4, 2013