Earl L. Reedy

Sept. 16, 1929 May 16, 2010

Earl L. Reedy of Mukwonago passed away Sunday, May 16, 2010, at his residence. He was 80.

Earl was born Sept. 16, 1929, in Malcom, Iowa, the son of Earl and Leona Stensend Reedy. He was raised in the Malcom area, graduating from Malcom High School with the Class of 1947.

Earl honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War, serving on the USS Estes (AGC-12) as a radioman. Earl was the recipient of the Domain of the Golden Dragon and the Honorary Order of Arctic Adventurers. Following his service in the military, Earl worked as a grocery store manager for two years, and then went to work for the Grinnell, Iowa, post office, retiring after 32 years of service. He enjoyed his retirement by camping, fishing and gardening on his small farm outside Grinnell. Earl was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Elks, having been a member for 54 years and serving at the local level as P.E.R., secretary and treasurer, the state level as V.P. of the SE District of Iowa and at the national level as past D.D.G.E.R.

Earl was married to Barbara Faye Lincoln on April 10, 1955, at the Grinnell Baptist Church. The couple lived in the Grinnell area until 2008, when they moved to Mukwonago by their daughter.

Earl is survived by his wife, Barbara of Mukwonago; a son, David (Brenda) Reedy of Ankeny, Iowa; a daughter, Susan (Ron) Amero of Mukwonago; five grandchildren, Amanda (Andy) James and Andrew Reedy of Ankeny and Gabe Vestweber, Sarah Vestweber and David Amero of Mukwonago; two great-grandchildren, Mckenzie and Kole of Ankeny; a sister, Carmen Reedy Wielbold of Grinnell; and other relatives and friends.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Norman Reedy; and a sister, Patty Lou Reedy.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20, with a Legion Service, military honors and a funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 315 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago. Additional visitation, services and burial will take place in Grinnell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the National Elks Foundation are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at