Richard was born Sept. 10, 1922 in Columbus, Mont., to Herman F. Redle and Beate Glouth. He lived in Missoula, where his father worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad until his mother died when he was seven. After his mother’s death he spent all of his holidays and summers with his grandmother and uncles at the Redle Ranch on White Bird.
When WWII broke out he left after Christmas to join the Navy. His first ship was the USS McKean serving near the Solomon Island. This ship was sunk and only one fourth of the crew survived. Upon returning to the states he was assigned to the USS Preston and was sent back to the same area. The Preston was one of the support ships when they signed the peace treaty with Japan.
He returned to the farm in Columbus and in 1950 he married the love of his life, Evelyn Warddrip Stark and adopted her three children raising them with much love.
Together they bought the ranch and lived there until health forced them to move to a smaller area.
They first built two houses on lower White Bird and later moved to Columbus and built two more houses the last one in 1996. Richard was well known for his large garden of which his joy was sharing all of his crop with neighbors, friends and anyone he met that would like some fresh vegetables.
He wrote a book The Making of a Montanan. A WWII Veteran’s Journey From Ranch to Hell and Back, about family and experiences during WWII with the help of Bill Hagen and Mary Kuehn. In 2013 they moved to Marquis in Billings due to failing health and to be closer to their daughter.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn of 64 years; his sister, Clara Jo Kimmet of Great Falls; his three children: James L.(Joan) Redle of Lacy SA, Herman E.(Kathy) of Mesa, AZ and Ferrol Cutright of Billings; 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. He was preceded in death by grandson, Steven Sweet and daughter-in-law Imelda, brother-in-law- Andrew Kimmet and son-in-law Richard Cutright.
Memorials can be made to the Museum Of The Beartooths; Columbus, Mont.; Columbus Senior Center; the Columbus Congregational Church or charity of choice.
Services will be 11a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Columbus Congregational Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Columbus.
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