Walter J. Redel

 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.



  1. Joanne Benson

    My sincere sympathies are extended to Walter’s family. I worked with Walter for 15 years at Glenburn Township and he always did his due diligence. He was a pleasure to talk to and had many good stories to tell. He also helped my son with his Citizenship badge for scouts. We will miss him at the Township and I will miss chatting with him. My prayers go out to all of his friends and loved ones. Unfortunately I can’t make the service on Saturday but I will be there in spirit. May God Bless, Joanne

  2. Ernie Dagata

    Walter will truly be missed,he was a fixture and a mentor for all of us who worked with him in North Abington Township. He was always there to help you solve a poblem or give you a helping hand.
    A job well done. Rest in peace my friend.


  3. Diane Bell

    Farewell my dear friend. You will be missed and remembered as a wise man with great integrity. My thoughts and prayers are with the Redel family.

  4. Connie Bailey

    Mr.Redel has a special place in my heart.I will so miss his voice,his wonderful way he told stories,our Friday nights w/Mrs Redel,our dinners,sitting on the patio laughting an cocktails an so much more.He cared for me as if I was family, and as the years went on knowing him, he was a large part of me an always will.I’m sorry I will not be able to attend the services.My prayers go out to the Redel family.


    Walter will be greatly missed, I enjoyed talking with him about family,
    vacations, and business. Walter always had a kind word and always asked how woody and Jean were doing. I appreciated his stories, he always seemed to know how to make any day brighter. Our prayers and sincere sympathies go out to the Redel family.
    Debbie and all of us at William Elston Septic Tanks

  6. Woody & Jean Elston

    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Walter. He will be missed.

  7. Kevin and Mary Boyd

    With our prayers and deepest sympathy for your loss.

  8. Shirley Lewis

    I am so sorry Walter has moved on. For all his family members, please accept my sincere condolences. Walter served La Plume Township for many, many years and I considered him my good friend. We had such wonderful conversations, not only about Township issues but about life and all its challenges. He was always there to help and encourage and had an endless amount of dignity and distinction. Truly, a noble man. I will miss him and his pith helmet and his good works. Bon Voyage, Walter.

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