Bill Rediker

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wilbert "Bill" H. Rediker, 84, of Mountain Home, died Monday, March 17, 2008, at a local hospital.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 22, at Faith Lutheran Church beginning at 11 a.m.

Bill was born on Feb. 23, 1924, in Lincoln, Kan., the son of Martin and Emma Rediker.

Bill married Venetta Capell on Oct. 4, 1951, in Ponia, Colo., "followed by 57 years of wonderful marriage," his family said. Two children resulted from that marriage and also two other children from Venetta's previous marriage.

Bill was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church.

"Bill was a very intelligent man and created numerous suggestions while working 33 years for the Federal Civil Service at Mountain Home Air Force Base and was awarded for several of those ideas," his family noted.

Bill was also a Special Deputy for Elmore County and he was the first patrolman for the waterways of Elmore County. He worked for the Elmore County Sheriff Department for 17 years, retiring in 1987. He also did all the dock work at Anderson Ranch Reservoir.

He loved hunting, boating and the great outdoors, especially being in it. He did numerous things in his life, such as starting the Optimist Football, Youth Bowling, and a Boy Scout Troop. He was nominated and received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor achieved in Scouting.

He started the Search and Rescue group in Elmore County.

He was a past Idaho State VFW Commander, and was Glenns Ferry VFW Post #3646 Commander for two terms.

He cut and sold firewood for years.

Bill is survived by: his wife, Venetta Rediker of Mountain Home; his son, Cliff, and his wife, Barbara Rediker of Buhl; his daughter, Christine, and her husband, John Malota, of Mountain Home; his daughter, Joline, and her husband, Philip Perry, of Mountain Home; his brothers, Marvin, Elmer and Gerald, and his sister, Elna Fager, all of Kansas, as well as ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one grandson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Bill's honor to the Glenns Ferry V.F.W Hall, c/o Dale Smith, 8204 E. John Parke Rd., King Hill, ID 83633, or the Faith Lutheran Church, or a charity of choice.