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Floyd Reddy, Jr.

July 1, 1938 — March 24, 2022

Floyd Emmett Reddy Jr. of Sun City, AZ, formerly of Janesville, passed away Thursday March 24th at home. Floyd was born July 1, 1938, in Beloit, WI, the son of Floyd E. Reddy Sr. and Geraldine (Wald) Reddy. In 1956 he graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, WI. After graduation he was hired as a Tradesmen Assistant at the Beloit Corporation. In 1957 Floyd served in the Army for one year in A5 Army 3rd BN 3rd RGT Company A as a Training Center Engineer. During that year he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, MO, plus Fort Chaffee and Fort Smith, AR. In 1958 he transferred to the Reserves where he served at Fort McCoy, Tomah, WI one week a month. He received Honorable Discharge in 1963 as Sergeant. He met Jeannette Twila Bell at a Methodist Youth and Christian Youth conference gathering. The couple wed on December 5, 1959, at Cargill United Methodist Church in Janesville, WI. Floyd and Jaye were blessed with three children. Floyd was employed at Beloit Corporation for 43 years, working his way up to Erecting Engineer. He was assigned 12 new paper machine installations as lead erecting engineer: in Neenah, WI, Huntsville, AL, Ontario, Canada, Plymouth, NC, Dublin, GA, Columbus, MS, Naheola, AL, Palatka, FL, Grenada, MS, Quinnesec, MI, Courtland, AL, and two paper machines in Cedar Rapids, IA named Prairie Rose and Prairie Gold. He also assisted with over 250 rebuilds and was renowned for his precision. Retiring briefly in 2000 after Beloit Corporation filed bankruptcy, Floyd was hired on by Paperchine, Inc. He worked six more years as a paper machine rebuild consultant, finally retiring in 2006. Floyd was inducted into the Beloit Corporation Quarter Century Club. He would attend several of these annual banquets, recognized for his longevity in the paper making business. He became a forty-year member, from 1981 to 2021. Floyd was also a member of the Janesville Elks Club for 37 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, bowling with the family, and entertaining in their home. Floyd and Jaye moved from Janesville, WI in 2000, relocating to Sun City, AZ to be close to Jaye’s parents, Frank & Bernadine Bell. Here they would live out their retirement years, returning to Janesville every summer until no longer able to travel. During their time in Sun City, Floyd attended church and actively served on the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church, Sun City, AZ from 2003 until he became an Honorary Trustee in 2021. While a Trustee he directed several large projects for the congregation, including resurfacing the parking lot, purchasing a bus, upgrading the boiler system and sanctuary lighting, installing AV monitors and two large sanctuary screens, as well as assisting with other smaller projects. He acquisitioned vehicles and homes donated to First Methodist Church. Floyd also oversaw grounds and buildings for their condo association for several years. He enjoyed his membership with the Sun City Country Club, joining in 2000. He was elected Treasurer to the Board of Governors in 2011, Vice President in 2012, and President in 2013. In 2011 he was the Sun City CC Men’s Golf Match Play Champion. In his retirement years he was generous with his time, talents and treasures. He is survived by his wife Jaye, sharing 62 years of marriage together. He is also survived by two sons: Wade (Liz) Reddy of Monticello, IA and Kyle (Lori) Reddy of Janesville, WI; three grandchildren: Jessica (Patrick) Lai of Louisville, KY, Joseph Reddy (friend Raquel Pejchl) of Muscatine, IA, and Jacob Reddy (friend Emma Schroeder) of Janesville; one sister, Sandra (Laverne) Hays of Orfordville, and one brother, Larry Reddy of Darien. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Gail Reddy; Jaye’s parents; and sisters-in-law Barbara Bell, Gloria Roehl, Grace France and Karen Reddy. A funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 9849 N 105th Avenue, Sun City, AZ 85351, Thursday April 7th, 2022, at 3:00 PM with Reverend Louie Lyon presiding. Reception following in the church. A memorial service will be held at Cargill United Methodist Church, 2000 Wesley Avenue, Janesville, WI 53545, on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, at 2:30 PM with Reverend Steve Scott presiding. Burial will be at a later date.
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