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Gary V. Riedy

Gary V. Riedy, 62 of rural Chapman was born April 9, 1949, in Abilene, the son of Edwin V. and Beatrice “Betty” M. (Silhan) Riedy. He passed away Jan. 29, 2012, at Memorial Hospital in Abilene.

After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial arts at Fort Hays State University, Gary began his teaching career at Junction City Junior High School. His career changed from teaching general shop to teaching technology at the school’s new technology lab, all the while coaching junior high/middle school football, basketball and track. He retired from teaching in May 2004.

He graduated from Hope High School in 1967. Gary served as a city councilman and two terms as mayor of Woodbine. His professional affiliations have included membership in the National Education Association, Kansas-NEA, the Junction City Education Association and the Kansas Coaching Association.

Gary married Pam Farres; they later divorced. He then married Marcia Lancaster who passed away. On Oct. 27, 2001, he married Shirley Kirchner Rohrer, who survives of the home.

Survivors include his wife Shirley; his sons, Casey and Renae Riedy of Woodbine and Cody and Elizabeth Riedy of Manhattan; step-daughters Tammy and Rodney Anderson of Abilene, Diane and Rob Lueth of Salina, Suzanne and Chris Dewey of Shawnee, Amber and Seth Graby of Parachute, Colo., and Tonya and Eric Aggson of Blue Springs, Mo.; step-son Fred and Laura Rohrer of Independence, Mo.; brothers Glen and Patricia Riedy of Hope and Lyle and Cathi Riedy of Topeka; sisters Joyce Ann Martinez of Las Vegas, Nev., Carol L. Kellogg of Herington, and Linda C. Riedy of Smith Center; sister-in-law Lynda Riedy of Albany, Ore.; 5 grandchildren and 12 step-grandchildren. Gary was preceded in death by his son, Cory, brother, Elden, and father, Edwin.

Funeral services for Gary will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Zion Brethren in Christ Church, rural Abilene with Pastor Jay Johnson officiating. His final place of rest will be in the Woodbine Cemetery. There will be a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carlson-Becker Funeral Home in Hope with the family receiving friends immediately following.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Gary’s memory to the Abilene Area Food and Clothing Center, the Zion Brethren in Christ Church or the St. Phillip’s Catholic Church of Hope and may be left with the funeral home.

Last modified Feb. 2, 2012

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