Western Slope Obituaries 12-14-09
Walter Bailey “Bud” Kreidler, 89, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away November 29, 2009 after a long illness.
He was born on September 23, 1920 to Leland and Gertrude Kreidler in Arkport, N.Y. He grew up and spent his childhood in Arkport, attending school and graduating high school in Canaseraga, N.Y., and attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery 217th Battalion of the 44th Division as a Liasion Pilot and earned a Air Medal with eight Oakleaf Clusters.
He married Ruth Wiggins on September 19, 1943 in Interlaken, N.Y. They previously resided in Upstate N.Y., and South Florida. Walter was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He worked as a farmer, salesman and Estate and Financial Planner. “Bud” was highly respected by business associates for his honesty, work ethics and sense of humor. Walter was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Chartered Life Underwriters and the American Legion. He enjoyed camping, music, golf, and especially enjoyed his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Wiggins Kreidler of Grand Junction, Colo.; sons, Lee W. Kreidler of Palisade, Colo., Thomas M. (Carol) Kreidler, of Davidsonville, Md.; Richard D. Kreidler of Grand Junction, Colo.; a cousin, Philip Mann of Syracuse, N.Y.; Francis Mann of Nunda N.Y.; grandchildren, Sean (Heather) Kreidler and Lisa (Bill) Holle both of Grand Junction, Colo.; Kathleen (David) Shemler, Kasandra (Joseph) Scallone and Carey Kreidler all of Maryland, great grandchildren, Courtney, Kaley, Canon and Karsen Kreidler.
He was preceded in death by both parents, a son, William, and two sisters, Christine Olson and Jean Farr.
Services were held on December 12, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church.
Burial will be in Rogersville Cemetery in Dansville, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made in Walters name to First Presbyterian Church 3940 27 1/2 Rd. Grand Junction, Colo., or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
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