Thomas J. Reder

Birth: July 25th, 1934
Death: October 11th, 2016
Age: 82 years
Residence:East Tawas, Michigan

Thomas J. Reder, 82, of East Tawas, Michigan passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016 at Lakeview Manor Nursing Home in Tawas City, Michigan.

Thomas was born July 25, 1934 in Bay City, Michigan to the late Alexander “Bob” R. and Esther (Beyer) Reder.  He graduated from Visitation High School in Bay City, Michigan in 1953.  Following graduation, Thomas enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served from 1956-1958.  Thomas was a meat cutter at the A & P for 25 years and spent 35 years operating Tom Reder Catering.  He also spent many years at the Ed Freel Market.  Once a month, Thomas cooked for the Men’s Club for nearly 35 years.  He was a devout member of Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas, a life member of the Knights of Columbus #2709, a Fourth Degree Fr. Newman Assembly Color Corps, Past Grand Knight two separate times, and a Faithful Navigator.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Veronica “Bunny” whom he married on May 9, 1964; sons, Thomas R. (Toni) Reder of Howell, Michigan, Paul J. (Janet) Reder of Saline, Michigan; grandchildren, Justin and Sara Reder, and Veronica and Michael Reder; sister, Sandy (Melvin) Lafevre of Bay City, Michigan; many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Reder; father-in-law, John Pavlik; and mother-in-law, Alberta Pavlik.

According to Thomas’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 516 West Lincoln Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730.  Thomas’s family will welcome friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the mass.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree or Holy Family Catholic School.  Online condolences may be offered at


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