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Colonel Gary A. Trede, USA (Ret), loving husband, son and father passed away on August 22, 2011. Gary was born on November 18, 1947 in Davenport Iowa to Frances and Colonel Ardo Trede. As the son of an Army officer, he lived with his family in many states and in Germany. He graduated from Frankfurt High School in 1965. Gary served in the U.S. Navy from February 1968 to January 1972 earning the rank of Hospital Corpsman 3 (medical specialist) earning the Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. After his Active Navy service he continued in the Navy Reserve where he reached the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class while attending Cameron University in Lawton, OK where he earned a BA degree in Sociology and received a Regular Army Commission in the Infantry in May 1976. After service in the 82nd Airborne Division where he earned his Senior Master Parachutist wings with over 100 jumps, The Republic of Korea and the 95th Maneuver Training Command in Oklahoma City, his Army service took him to Fort Sam Houston, TX where he met and married his greatest love, Stephanie Hill. Gary and Stephanie were married at the Gift Chapel, Fort Sam Houston on August 16, 1986. During this period in his career he was ranked the #10 Triathlete in Texas by the Texas Triathlon Association. His Army career continued to flourish and during his year at Command and General Staff College he transferred to the Army Quartermaster Corps. Gary received his Masters of Science in Business Administration in 1992 from Central Michigan University. During his active duty service Stephanie and Gary became the parents of two sons, Ensign Zachary C. Trede (U.S. Navy) and Seaman 2nd Class Marshall W. Trede (U.S. Coast Guard). Highlights of his Army service include Company and Battalion Command, Commander of the 6th Support Center, Chief of Staff of the 19th TSC (Korea), Chief of Logistics (J4) - Joint Task Force Olympics for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Chief, Support Operations, 13th Support Command, Fort Hood, TX. He was a great mentor and caring Army leader who prided himself in always caring for his subordinates. His awards include the Legion of Merit (3rd Award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award) and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. After his retirement from the Army in June 2002 Gary taught JROTC at Winston Churchill High School before becoming a Federal Civilian Employee at the Installation Management Command (West) Fort Sam Houston and the G4, Army North Fort Sam Houston. He retired from federal service in August 2008, after 39 years of total federal service. Gary volunteered in the church wherever the family was assigned and honored God through his selfless service to others. Gary's interests were widespread and included Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader at all levels, Texas Wildlife Naturalist and volunteer, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where he served as the Public Affairs Officer, Docent at Mitchell Lake, hunting, boating and fishing and recent member of the San Antonio Chapter of the National Powerboat Association. Gary was devoted to his wife, sons, mother and his entire extended family. Colonel Trede is survived by his mother, Frances Trede, his wife Stephanie, sons Zachary and Marshall Trede, his parents-in-law Colonel (R) and Mrs. Bill Hill and numerous brothers and sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Porter Loring.

AUGUST 26, 2011
10:30 A.M.

Private interment with full military honors will be at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.
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Published in Express-News from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2011
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