October 30, 1927 - July 4, 2016
Cdr. Daniel M. Reedy USN (ret), son of Leroy and Mildred Reedy was born in Sunbury, PA on October 30, 1927. He was an athlete, underwater photographer, operations research analyst, US Navy Officer and Pilot, musician and a merchant marine. He graduated high school in 1945 and was a midshipman in the Merchant Marine Academy. He served on a ISA troop carrier between New York and Bremerhausen, Germany during WWII. He was also an accomplished musician during high school and in the merchant marine where he played in big bands and combs (piano, saxophone and clarinet). He joined the NROTC program in Auburn, Alabama and was a leader of a big band and a comb during the next 4 years.
He graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 1951.Cdr. Reedy served 6 years on active duty in which he became a naval aviator. He was qualified in both prop and jet aircraft. During that period he was also and LSO (landing signal officer). He played in the 6th fleet jazz band during this period and played in most of the major cities in the Mediterranean area from the Riviera to Istanbul. He then served in the ‘USN Ready Reserve’ for 15 years. Cdr. Reedy worked for LTV as an operations research analyst for 35 years. He was a member of a select group of survivability experts during the Vietnam War of which there were only 25 members from aircraft companies and military projects in the country. During this period he also obtained a MS degree from SMU in Engineering Admin. He was also an avid athlete and played basketball, tennis and racquetball for many years. He won the Texas State Racquetball Championship at age 65, and played in 4 national championships. An accomplished underwater photographer, he worked on numerous scientific projects all over the world. After retirement from LTV, Daniel resumed his musical career in 197 when he played with the Northwest Big Band in Port Townsend, WA. He has participated in these yearly meetings for every year since. Daniel also is active in the DFW area and continues to play in local college jazz ensembles. Cdr. Reedy has been a volunteer in the Irving Police Department since 1992.he served 12 years in Crime Scene, and 5 years in Property and Evidence Depts.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; son Marc; grandson Austin Reedy; and brother Dennis Fetzer.
An inurnment with full military honors will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.
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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061
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