Charles A. Riedy, 92, died Sept. 5, 2015, at Medicalodges in Herington.
He was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Hope, Kansas to Charles C. and Flora B. (Lorson) Riedy.
He married Pauline A. Vinduska on Aug. 9, 1948 in Pilsen, Kansas. She passed away on June 30, 2011.
Charlie was a farmer all his life, graduating from Hope High School.
He and three of his brothers formed Riedy Brothers Farm. Charlie was very mechanically talented, being able to repair any farm equipment over the decades by making parts on his metal lathe.
As a young man, he gave magic and ventriloquist shows to entertain people. He enjoyed playing piano, organ, and harmonica to delight his grand and great-grandchildren.
Charlie was an excellent carpenter, making kitchen cabinets for many area homes in his younger years.
He was a member of St. Phillips Catholic Church, working on many projects in the parish. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus and Kansas Farm Bureau Association.
In the ’60s, he helped form Hope Saddle Club and rode in the drill team. Charlie used his sewing talent to make many drill team members matching saddle blankets.
Charles loved to garden, especially tomatoes. He enjoyed watching birds, doing word search puzzles and going for rides on his 4-wheeler. He was always busy learning new things.
He was preceded in death by his wife, brothers Joe, Ed, Lawrence, and Ray and his sister, Mary Donnelly.
Charles is survived by his daughters, Sharon Davis and husband Craig of Lawrence; Pam Diepenbrock and husband Gary of Lincolnville; and his son and best friend Robbie, of the home.
Charles loved his five grandchildren: Paul Davis; Lana Scott and husband Brad; Tyler and wife Pray; Lance and wife Selena; and Jared Diepenbrock; and seven great-grandsons.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9, 2015, at the St. Phillips Catholic Church in Hope with Father Mark Wesely as Celebrant. His final resting place will be in St. Phillips Catholic Cemetery near Hope.
A parish rosary was scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home with the family receiving friends following.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Phillips Catholic Church, St. Phillips Catholic Cemetery, or to Hospice of Dickinson County and may be sent in care of Carlson-Becker Funeral Home, P.O. Box 355, Hope, KS 67451. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.martinbeckercarlson.com.