May 8, 2012
Kevin William Kreidler was born 48 years ago on Leap Year Day, special right from the start. He grew up in Shavertown, the fifth child of Tom and Isabel Kreidler. Like so many babies in the early '60s, he was the "oops baby," the one whose arrival was not exactly in the plans, but who became a much beloved and cherished addition to our family. He was educated in the Dallas School District and after a brief career in the financial planning field; he pursued his passion for the culinary arts. Working his way through a variety of kitchens, he ultimately became head chef and owner of Chloe & Bernard's Restaurant in St. Joseph, Mo. Three years ago, Kevin, Wendy and Mikaela relocated from St. Joseph, Mo., to begin a new chapter of their lives in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It has been a joy for Kevin's parents to spend this time with them. Kevin's compassion and ability to always see the good in everyone shaped his life. His favorite saying was, "No kidding," and he used it to share happiness, excitement, anticipation and surprise; but also to gently listen to and share disappointment, sadness and even anger. Kevin is survived by his parents, Thomas and Isabel Kreidler, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; his in-laws, Charles and Carol Phipps, St. Joseph, Mo.; his wife of 18 years, who is truly the love of his life and soul mate, Wendy; sons, Alex Kreidler, Rome, Italy; Gary Yates, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; daughters, Kayleigh Lutz and husband John, St. Joseph, Mo., who will welcome Kevin's first grandson shortly; Mikaela Kreidler, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; brother, Tom Kreidler III, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; sisters, Kathy and husband Mike Barlow, Dallas; Betsy and husband Sam Barker, Indiana, Pa.; and Carol and husband Mark Oliver, State College. Kevin's life was cut way too short after a courageous and brutal battle with colon cancer. In trying to find the positive thing going forward that can come out of his death, I want to shout from the rooftops "SCHEDULE YOUR COLONOSCOPY!" He was younger than the standard recommendation for the procedure at 50, but he ignored signs. This is truly a painless medical procedure that will save your life. If one person puts down the paper and calls their doctor, it will help as we mourn Kevin's death and strive to celebrate his life.
Published in Times Leader on May 16, 2012