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Wilson W. Redka


November 13, 2020


Wilson W. Redka, 98, of Williamsport, PA, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Thursday, November 12, 2020.  Wilson was born on October 9, 1922 in Hicks Ferry, PA, the son of the late Warren Redka and Ethel Black Redka. 

He was predeceased by his faithful wife of 75 years, Jean Cooke Redka, on July 8, 2019. 

He was also predeceased by his younger brothers, Glenn and Daniel. 

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Wilson will be greatly missed by his loving family.  Surviving are his children: Patricia (Larry) Souder of Montrose, PA; Dr. James (Margaret) Redka of Williamsport, PA; and Joyce (Kenneth) Miller of Churchville, NY.  Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.  

A graduate of Berwick High School, Wilson worked at AC&F (American Car and Foundry) before joining the Army Air Force. Stationed in England during World War II, he maintained and repaired B17 bombers. After the war, he took courses at Bloomsburg State Teachers College and operated an 80-acre family farm in Danville, PA.

Always interested in community affairs, Wilson served as a township supervisor and a member of the school board. He helped design and manufacture jet engines at Thompson (TRW) before becoming a rural letter carrier who faithfully served his patrons until his retirement in 1983.   

Wilson was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Danville. He and his wife moved to Williamsport, PA in 1993. They joined the Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church where Wilson served as missions treasurer. He was a poll worker who voted in every election. He also repaired wheelchairs and worked in the mail room as a volunteer at the Williamsport Hospital until he was in his 90s. 

Due to Covid concerns, a Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be limited to family. The service will be available online. Additional information and access to the online service can be found at http://www.lycomingcentre.org. The family greatly appreciates the love and support of neighbors and friends. Friends are welcome to attend graveside services with military honors at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 18 at Straubís Lutheran Cemetery, 60 Frosty Valley Road, Danville, PA.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church 656 W. Creek Road Cogan Station 17728 or Radio Station WPGM Post Office Box 236 Danville PA  17821.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, 42 West Mahoning Street, Danville, PA 17821.

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