Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Francis (Frank) C. Reidinger
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Francis (Frank) C. Reidinger made his ‘last flight west’ on December 27, 2018 in The Heart Hospital, Plano, Texas.
Frank grew up in Shamokin, PA and Elyria, OH. He went through pilot training as an aviation cadet. He served in the Air Force/Air Force Reserve as a pilot for 24 years, flying C-124’s and C-7’s. He flew worldwide, including South VietNam. In 1966 he joined Delta Airlines. Frank was recalled to active duty from Delta during the TET Offensive in 1968. He flew for Delta for 31 years and retired as Captain on Boeing 757/767s.
He enjoyed tennis, golf and sailing, serving as Commodore of the Amelia Island, Florida Sailing Club. Frank was Operations Officer of the Amelia Island Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer at Baptist Medical Center Nassau, and served as a board member of The Amelia Island Museum of History. He spent many hours interviewing Veterans for the Veterans History Project. At the time of his death, Frank served as a volunteer at The Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest in Fort Worth.
Frank was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor. He never met a stranger. He will be missed.
Frank Reidinger is survived by his wife JonAnna (Perry), son Michael, daughters Lynn Schwirtz and husband Jeff of Arlington, Texas, Karen Stewart and husband Michael of Duluth, Georgia; sisters Ann Bittner of Elyria, Ohio, Jean Toombs and husband Ben of Rome, New York, Laurie Hofts and husband Tom of Plant City, Florida; stepsons Jay Dyer and wife Berkley of Austin, Texas, and Jeff Dyer and wife Christy of Fort Worth, Texas. He is survived by eight grandchildren: Linden Stewart and Baden Stewart of Duluth, Georgia, Jane, Lettie, and Gini Dyer of Austin, Texas, and Jackson, Ava, and Emrey Dyer of Fort Worth, Texas. He also leaves behind the mother of his children Judith Wiele Armstrong of Cleveland, Tennessee.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the care received at The Baylor Scott & White Heart Hospital, Plano, Texas.
A celebration of Frank’s life will be held in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.