Walter J. Redel Sr. of N. Abington Twp., Pa., died peacefully in the Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital of Scranton on Sunday, September 28, 2014. His wife of 49 years was the former Barbara Ann Acker who passed away in 2012.
Born in Peckville in 1929 to the late Dr. Walter A. and Luretta Brong Redel, Walt was an alumni of Taft Prep School, Watertown, CT, attended Lehigh University and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in hotel/restaurant management. Walter enlisted in the U.S. Army, at the end of the Korean Conflict, to serve his country and later worked with Acme Markets, International Salt and most recently with his own business as a Sewage Enforcement Officer in NE PA. Walt was actively engaged in the community and served as president of the Abington Heights School Board, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 152, was a 32nd Degree Master Mason and faithfully held many positions with the Church of Epiphany, Glenburn. He also served N. Abington Township in various capacities for over 40 years including serving as the Planning Commission Chairman and also served as a former Republican Chairperson.
Walter was an early morning fixture at the Waverly Deli where he could be seen greeting all in his trademark pith helmet.
He is survived by a son and daughter in law Walter (Jr.) and Karen Redel, Ocoee, FL , daughter and son in law Pamela and Kevin Derbin, Lousiville, KY, son and daughter in law Timothy and Cindy Redel, Hong Kong, son and daughter in law Thomas and Mary Redel, 5 grandchildren Brie Derbin St. Marie, Chase Derbin, Joel Derbin, TJ Redel, Andrew Redel, Enzo Redel and 2 great grandchildren Chloe Redel, Samuel St. Marie and a niece and nephew.
Walter was also preceded in death by his sister Jeanne Redel Bankes.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11AM at the Church of Epiphany, Glenburn.
The family will receive friends from 10:30am until time of service.
Interment private at Hickory Grove Cemetery
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Church of the Epiphany, 1003 Church Hill Road, Glenburn, Pa.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Ash. St. Scranton.