Wilfred Taylor Riedel

Wilfred Taylor Riedel
December 27, 1921 – July 2, 2019

Wilfred Taylor (W.T.”Taylor/Papa”) Riedel was born December 27th, 1921 in Yorktown, Texas to Wilfred Riedel and Martha Anne Riedel. Growing up, his chores included milking the family cow before riding his pony named “Veinte cinco pesos” to school. After school, Taylor worked as a soda jerk in the family drug store. In 1940, Taylor enrolled in college at Texas A&M. He was a member of the Field Artillery Band. When World War II broke out he enlisted in the Army Air Corp where he trained as a bombardier pilot and in 1944 was sent to Luden, England. During the war Taylor flew 35 missions as pilot of a B-17 Bomber, mainly over Germany. On his 32nd mission his bomber was hit by 88mm flack and he and the crew bailed out parachuting into Belgium. After the 35th mission Taylor was reassigned to the U.S. west coast in preparation to fly to the Pacific when the war ended. He then returned to Texas A&M where he completed his college education.

Taylor married Mary Jo Duderstadt, the love of his life, in 1946. The couple traveled to Mississippi together for Taylor’s first job as a teacher and then returned to College Station where he began teaching at A&M Consolidated. They had two sons, Mark and David, 13 months apart. In his teaching career, Taylor went on to become Superintendent of the CSID for 17 years. Taylor then spent 20 years in the banking industry, eventually retiring as the Vice President of First American Bank.

Taylor was a family man, very involved in helping raise his sons Mark and David, as well as generations of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Jo were inseparable and the reference to them was “Papa and Jo”, seldom would one hear one name without the other. They were by each other’s side for over 70 years and every night in bed they recited the Lord’s Prayer together followed by a kiss and an “ I love you”. If you peeked into their room in later years, you would find Papa’s left-hand holding Jo’s right hand as they slept. They were a genuine example to those around them of true, unconditional love and partnership.

Taylor was a loving son, brother, spouse, father, grandfather, uncle, great-grandfather and friend. He treated people with kindness and compassion. Taylor and Jo relished many life-long friendships, especially with Leonard and Emma Jane Williams, Diana Tapley, the Alexanders, the Litterests, the Rausals,  and many more. Together with their friends they enjoyed traveling the world as well as weekly bridge clubs and neighborhood gatherings.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Mary Jo; his son David and wife Cathy and their four children: Jessica, Nick, Paige and Eric; his grandson Taylor; his brother Larry and children Jim and Carrie; his daughter-in-law, Karen; and his great-grandchildren Sterling, Mayla, Lane Taylor and in a matter of days another grandson, Anderson; his niece Jill; his great niece (and angel) Shannon and husband John and their sons Sam and Ben as well as his great-nephews Claude and Justin and great-niece, Stacy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley.

A memorial visitation will be held at 4:00 pm, Saturday July 13, 2019 at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers 3001 S. College Avenue Bryan, Texas.

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  1. David and entire Reidel family, I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers in the days to come. I am certain that your dad is in heaven as I write this.
    David Reed

  2. My sincere condolences to the Riedel family. Taylor Riedel was an amazing superintendent when I was in school at A&M Consolidated High School. In later years, when I was archiving College Station history, he was a wealth of information. I am saddened by his passing.

  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and dad. I was so glad to be able to help take care of him and reminisce over Consolidated High School when he was Superintendent and I was a student. I know he will be missed.

  4. My deepest sympathies go out to the Riedel family. I recall Dr. Riedel telling wonderful and fond memories of his youth and his father. May the love and comfort of family and friends help you through this difficult time.

  5. My first superintendent when hired in 1970. I got to know him and love him more every year. No matter when or where I saw him he treated me like his own son. Thank you and God Bless you and your entire family❤️

  6. Mr. Riedel was an excellent Superintendent and human being. A great example of the Greatest Generation. My Father was a good friend and served on the School Board under him and had the greatest respect for him. Our sympathies to the family.

  7. I first knew Mr. Riedel in 1954 when I was in sixth grade and he was junior high principal. In later years our paths would cross occasionally and he helped me out at the bank a few times. We even shared a few rounds of golf together. He was always the kindest person, and I treasured his friendship. Blessings to you all.

  8. Taylor Riedel and Les Richardson were probably my dad, DW Fleming”s favorite students . And Mr. Riedel, my mother,Deliah fleming”s favorite boss. He was very very special to me as my Jr. HS Principal whenI was a 7th and 8th grader “Ms. Jo” the two of you seemed likefamily to us. Love, Ann Fleming Hays.

  9. Very sorry to lose W.T. We had a wonderful relationship when we both worked for University National Bank. Enjoyable times, fond memories and many, many laughs together. A great & respected man with a wonderful attitude and sense of humor. A good friend! Will miss & remember you, W.T. Bill Landiss

  10. my junior high principal at consolidated. always looked out for me.utmost respect for W.T. Riedel. Never knew his background.He looked out for me and I never knew it. Eternal peace Mr. Riedel.

  11. David and family, please know how much mother loved Taylor, he was such an awesome cousin and friend to mom and we always thought he was so great, just a wonderful human that we were proud to call family. I wish we could be there for his services because I’m sure it will honor him in the way he deserves. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all and we hope to see you at the ranch later on. Mother can’t say much these days but when I told her about Taylor she wanted me to express her condolences to Mary Jo and the family, then she started remembering pieces of the past. It was a blessing to hear her talk about Taylor, Bless you all.

    Cheryl and Maezie Schwab


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