It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur D. “Art” Reddick on June 12 at age 97 years. He was born November 9,1914 in Eastsound, Orcas Island, Washington.
Surviving Art are his children Gary Reddick (Patricia) and Barbara Reddick Syre, his sister Madeline Haffey (Richard), five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Art graduated from Orcas Island High School, one of 14 young men. He was the only surviving member of his graduating class. Two years after graduation he married his childhood sweetheart, Edna Taylor.
During the Depression, Art became a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and received an honorable discharge to accept a job with the Inter-Island Telephone Company as manager of the Orcas Island branch. Edna was the switchboard operator. He held that position until 1940, when he accepted a position with the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company as a lineman in Bellingham. He retired in 1968 after 50 years of continuing service in the telephone industry.
Art and Edna lived in Bellingham and Richmond Beach, where their two children, Gary and Barbara were raised. In later years, Art and Edna lived in Edmonds and spent winters in Arizona.
Art was a scout leader for Richmond Beach Boy Scout Troop 325. He loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed sharing his memories of his life on and around Orcas Island.
Preceding Art in death are his parents, Arthur and Christina Reddick, his wife of 67 years Edna Reddick, his brother Roy Reddick and sister Jessie, who died as an infant.
A memorial service will be held at Richmond Beach Congregational Church 1512 NW 195th, Shoreline WA at 2:30 PM Sunday, July 15.
Remembrances in lieu of flowers can be made to the Orcas Historical Museum, PO Box 134, Eastsound WA 98245
Submitted by Art Reddick’s family.