James E. Rady, age 97, of Lima, Ohio and native of Roachdale, IN, died 9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at Springview Manor. He was born Nov. 4, 1922 in Montgomery County, Indiana to Charles P. and Marie Galbreath Rady, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 14, 1948, he married Patty Lou Ryan, who preceded him in death Feb. 17, 1979. He married Roberta Ross Rady Dec. 21, 1979, who survives in Lima, Ohio.
Mr. Rady graduated from Roachdale High School (1940), Roachdale, IN. He earned an AB degree (Speech, Radio Broadcasting) (1951) and an MS degree (Education Administration and Supervision) (1961) from Indiana University: a BA degree (Secondary Education) (1955) from Indiana State College. He continued graduate study in School Administration at Indiana State College (1963-65) and at Ball State University (1967-71). He held Indiana Life Licenses in public education as a teacher and as an administrator.
He retired from Indiana public education in 1973 having served as principal/teacher at Clinton Center School (1955-57), Putnam County, IN: a teacher at Crawfordsville, IN: and director of public relations (1965 -73) for Anderson Community Schools, Anderson, IN. He was director of public relations for Indiana High School Athletic Association (1979-81). He was a member of Indiana and National Retired Teachers Associations.
He also retired from a military career of 26 years. He was in the U.S. Coast Guard during WW II (1942-46) and an officer in the U.S. Army during Korean War (1950-52). He was in an Army Reserve unit during the Vietnam War and retired with the rank of Major, Army United States (1972). He was a life member of the American Legion and the Reserve Officers Association; and a member of the National Association for Uniformed Services. He also was a charter member of the World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Additional survivors include 5 daughters: Deborah A. (Bob Arney) Peckinpaugh of North Vernon, IN, Beverly A. (James) Giesler of Madeira Beach, FL, Christina L. (Norman) Beckwith of Oakley, MI, Becky (Mark) Fox of Lima, Jerry E. (Bill) Wools of Anderson, IN: brothers Charles W. Rady of Roachdale, IN and Patrick S. (Margaret) Rady of Terra Haute, IN; 12 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law Cathy L. and Glenn Nichols and 3 sisters Rosemary Priest, Betty J. Baird and Marjorie Chittenden.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. and the funeral service will follow at 3 with Rev. Tom Shobe and Rev. Justin Musto officiating.
Memorial contributions may be given to Heifer International or the charity of the Donor’s choice
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm