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