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Arthur R. ‘Art’ Riedel 1914-2002

VICTORIA — Arthur R. “Art” Riedel , 88, died Dec. 7 at St. John’s Nursing Home of Victoria [Kansas]. He was born March 7, 1914, at Victoria, the son of Andrew M. and Francesca Pfeifer Riedel. He was a 1932 graduate of Hays High School. He married Thelma G. Sander on June 3, 1941, in Victoria. She died Dec. 8, 2000.

A resident of Victoria for 10 days, he worked at the Star and Fox Theaters and then as a gas serviceman with Central Kansas Power & Midwest Energy until his retirement in 1976.

Riedel was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph’s Council 1325 of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, all of Hays. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during WW II as a paratrooper in England and France with the Army 82nd Airborne Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Survivors include four sons: Ken Riedel of Lakewood, Colo., Art Riedel, Jr. of Larned, Bill Riedel of Aurora, Colo., and Bob Riedel of Omaha, Neb.; one daughter, Kathy Petr of Wichita; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers: Damian Riedel, Felix Riedel, Rudolph Riedel, Edward Riedel and Clarence Riedel; and two sisters, Ella Hefner and Melinda Higby.

Parish vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, both at Brock’s North Hill Chapel of Hays. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. David Metz officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery with graveside military honors by the Hays VFW. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 until 9:45 a.m. Thursday, all at the chapel. Memorials are suggested to TMP-Marian High School, St. Joseph’s Church, or St. John’s New Horizons, all in Hays, in care of the chapel. Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 10, 2002

(courtesy of "milejo77")

Grave marker for Arthur R. Riedel in the Saint Joseph Cemetery, Hays (Ellis county), Kansas.

Arthur enlisted in the Army at Ft Leavenworth, KS on 15 December 1942.

Pfc Riedel was transferred from Hq #3 Replacement Depot on 18 April 44 to HQ 3rd, 508th.  He subsequently served in Company H.

Pfc Riedel was initially listed as missing in action on 6 June 1944 but returned to his unit.

He was later listed as slightly wounded in action on 3 July 1944.  Treated at a field aid station, he returned to duty on 5 July 1944.  Pfc Riedel was wounded a second time on 21 September 1944.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in the Normandy assault.


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