Joe Reardon left this world to be with his Lord on April 7, 2023. Mr. Reardon was born on February 23, 1936 in Scranton, PA., son of Mary and Joe Reardon, both deceased. He attended South Catholic HS in Scranton and completed his highschool education at West Catholic in Philadelphia.
Mr. Reardon graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1957 and entered the US Air Force shortly thereafter with an AFROTC commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. He piloted jet fighters and C-130 cargo aircraft for five years, separating from active duty in 1963 as a Captain. He continued his Air Force affiliation in the active reserve completing 30 total years of service in 1987 as a full Colonel. He spent most of his reserve career in the 911 Tactical Airlift Group at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania rising to the position of Deputy Commander Operations responsible for all flying operations and associated support groups. He logged over 3600 hours as a pilot. Mr. Reardon concluded his career in 1987 as Air Force advisor to the North Carolina National Guard Adjutant General at Raleigh, NC.
Mr. Reardon spent most of his professional career in the manufacturing of products ranging from heaters and air conditioners, to power plant piping, locks, pneumatic valves and medical devices. He contributed significantly to the business performance of major corporations achieving the senior officer level of management, retiring from Pfizer in 1998.
His greatest achievement was a lifetime of love and devotion with his family. He is survived by his two children, Kevin Reardon and Karen Franklin and her husband Sam; and six grandchildren: Brittany Coble, Katelyn Wilhelm and her husband Troy, Olivia, and Taylor Reardon, Allie Fry and her husband Zac, Sam Franklin and his wife Miranda, and family member, David Hall. Joe was also blessed with four great grandchildren; Maxton, Henry, Van and Rosie.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville, NC. Following the service he will be laid to rest at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis, NC with military honors.