Harold L. "Johnny" Reidler Sr.
Harold L. "Johnny" Reidler Sr., 91, of Tremont, formerly of Donaldson, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday. He was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Muir, the eldest child of Samuel and Ethel Tobin Reidler. His parents gave him the nickname "Johnny" and it stayed with him until later in working years operating a bulldozer and his friends added "Dozer" to his name. "Johnny Dozer" had a lifelong love of homing pigeons and was well known in the racing of winning pigeons. He was also a honey beekeeper. Johnny was a disabled World War II veteran, where he excelled in sharp shooting. He was married to Emma Harner Reidler, who preceded him in death on July 31, 2011. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Ellinger and her husband, Joseph; a grandson, Sam Shoop; a great-great-granddaughter, Jacarlee Marie Christie; a son-in-law, Joe Fisher; brothers, Robert Reightler and his wife, Helen, Samuel Reidler Jr. and his wife, Nadine, and Leslie Reightler and his wife, Carol; a sister-in-law, Betty Reidler, and a brother-in-law, Theodore Coleman. He is survived by three sons, Lt. Col. Harold Reidler Jr., USAF ret., and his wife, Linda, Holden, Mo., Randall Reidler, Ashland, John "Craig" Reidler and his wife, Danette, Pottsville; five daughters, Carol Witmer and her husband, Kenny, Inverness, Fla., Fontaine Fisher, Pine Grove, Minnie Lucas, Hegins, Deborah Derr and her husband, David, Tower City, and Elizabeth Wolff and her husband, Luther, Tremont; one brother, Charles Reidler, Wernersville; three sisters, Joan Berkheiser and her husband, Harold, Schuylkill Haven, Janet Lengel and her husband, Robert, Pine Grove, and Claire Coleman, Hegins. He's also survived by 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jenny and husband, Henry Carl, Herndon; nieces and nephews. Johnny did not want a funeral service. Arrangements are being handled by Dimon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tower City. Interment beside his wife and a family farewell will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, Fearnot. To sign the guest book, visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com . Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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