Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
John Wallace Reardon, 89, passed away on Oct. 6, 2013, at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va.
John was born in Covington, Va., on Dec. 16, 1923, to Elizabeth Bartley and John Joseph Reardon. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
John grew up in Covington and was one of 10 children. While at Covington High School, he was recruited by the University of Virginia to play football, where he was a teammate of All-American Bill Dudley. At UVA he was a member of Eli Banana and Theta Delta Chi fraternity.
John interrupted his studies during World War II to join the Army Air Corps, where he served as a lieutenant and a B-24 pilot in the European Theater. After the war, he returned to UVA and completed his degree in 1948.
During his professional career, John worked in the field of human resources for a number of companies, including Dan River Mills, Charles Bruning Co., Smith’s Transfer and the Virginia Employment Commission.
In the 1990s, while attending a high school reunion, he rekindled a friendship with a former classmate, Hansell Cousar Palme. They married in 1995 and made their home in Harrisonburg. He and Hansell were a wonderful team and enjoyed almost 17 years of marriage until her death in 2012.
John is survived by two children: son, Bart (Wendy) Reardon of Singers Glen, Va., and daughter, Betsy (Robert) Moss of Richmond; three stepchildren: Betty Palme of Cincinnati, John Palme (Lyn) of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Nancy Hoe (Joe) of Hamilton, Mont. He is survived by his grandchildren, Tyler and Missy Reardon and Augusta and Shelton Moss; Hansell’s grandchildren, Troy, Graham, Katie and Jenna Palme and Bradley Hoe; and a number of nieces and nephews for whom he had great affection; as well as his very good friend, Tom Moser.
He was preceded in death by his three sisters, six brothers and stepson, Robert Palme.
The family would like to thank the staff in the Afton neighborhood at VMRC for their loving care of John.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VMRC Foundation, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, for the Good Samaritan Fund.
A memorial service will be held in Harrisonburg at Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. followed by a graveside committal at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Covington.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com .