HAMILTON – Joseph Warren Tredik, 87, passed from this life Saturday, June 30, 2012, at his home in Hamilton. He had battled a prolonged illness with severe complications. His family was at his side.
Joe was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on April 23, 1925, the son of Joseph and Pauline (Bennett) Tredik. Soon after his graduation from Abraham Clark High School, he enlisted in the Navy. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II in Okinawa and Tinian.
After discharge from the Navy, he enrolled in Montana State University and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. While in college, he met and was married to Amelia “Amy” Labash in Livingston on June 17, 1949.
They moved to Washington, D.C., to be employed by the U.S. Bureau of Standards in the guided missile division. The unit was transferred to Norco, Calif. He subsequently was employed by Convair in Pomona, Calif., in missile research and design. In 1955 he began employment with General Electric X-ray in Denver. His work required transfers to Spokane, Missoula, Portland, Ore., and Seattle.
In 1967, he and his family returned to Missoula. In association with Henry Murray, he became a real estate appraiser. He was an MAI in the Institute of Real Estate Appraising and worked in Missoula, Bigfork, and for the U.S. Forest Service in Glacier and Yellowstone parks, until his retirement in 1986.
Joe enjoyed life, his family, photography, fishing, golf and his many years of singing barbershop harmony with the Rocky Mountainaires. He and Amy traveled extensively, and the memories and photographs are a cherished legacy.
His parents, brother Robert and grandson Loren Robert Tredik preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife Amy; daughter Linda (Doug) Merchant, daughter Janice Tietz and son Joseph Paul (Nancy) Tredik, all of Missoula; son-in-law Arlyn Tietz of Lewiston, Idaho; son Craig (Diane) Tredik of Hamilton; grandchildren Justin (Kendra) Tietz of Caldwell, Idaho, Nicolas (Sharon) Merchant of Tucson, Ariz., Joseph M Tredik, Renee (Chad) Price, and Christi (Sean) Morris, all of Missoula, and Cody, Mason and Spencer Tredik of Hamilton; and great-grandchildren Kayla Tietz, Carter and Madison Price, and Jacob and Hailey Morris.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Corvallis United Methodist Church. The church is located on the Eastside Highway between Corvallis and Hamilton. Condolences for the family may be left at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
Joe, what a joy it has been to have shared our lives with you, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather and wonderful friend.