Thomas Everett Reddick, 74, of Evansville, Minnesota, died on October 26, 2022, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Tom was born August 24, 1948, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Alexandria, Minnesota, to Everett and Cora (Johnson) Reddick. The youngest of five children, he grew up on a farm in Gordon Township and attended school in the Osakis area through 9th grade. In August 1963, Tom and his parents moved from Minnesota to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., where his father took a position with the Department of Agriculture. He attended DuVal High School for one year before he transferred to Laurel High School and graduated in 1966. Tom continued his education at the Institute of Applied Agriculture, University of Maryland and graduated with an associates degree in 1968.
While he was a sophomore at DuVal High, he met Sandra Baker. The two began dating and married on September 30, 1967. The couple lived in College Park, Maryland, while Tom attended college, moving to Greenbelt in 1969. Tom worked various jobs in the agricultural field until he took classes in computer science at Prince Georges County Community College and began working at Goddard Space Flight Center. Tom felt a calling to get back to his agricultural roots, so in August 1972, Tom, Sandy, and their two children moved from Maryland to Evansville. He worked for Douglas County DHIA, testing milk on farms in the area. In January 1974, Tom and Sandy bought a 50-acre farm outside of Evansville. It wasn’t long before they had a small herd of registered Jersey cattle of their own and began raising crops on their land. In 1977, Tom accepted a position in the data processing department for Douglas County. Over the years, he transitioned to Director of Information Technology with the county, eventually becoming deputy auditor under Rock Anderson. He was appointed County Auditor/Treasurer and then was elected to the position in 2006. Tom retired in 2010, after 33 years with Douglas County. Through the years, Tom and Sandy maintained their dairy farm, eventually transitioning to raising beef cattle with the help of Matt and Roland Kronberg.
Tom was happiest on the farm, working with his cattle and sitting on his porch on warm days. He loved anything related to Jersey cattle and John Deere tractors, big and small. He enjoyed traveling to visit his children and grandchildren, spending time with family and friends, and being home with Sandy. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and wit, and for his big heart.
Tom is survived by his wife Sandy; son Tom and his wife Angela Reddick of Louisville, KY; daughter Laura and her husband Eric Anderson of Wausau, WI; grandchildren Claire, Kiera, and Samuel Anderson and Pablo Reddick; brother-in-law John Baker, Jr.; sister-in-law Donna Reddick; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many good friends and neighbors.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law John Baker, Sr.; mother-in-law Elizabeth (Larry) Bowman; sisters Collene (Lorney) Kloos, Marlys (Bob) Ferris, and Doris (Leon) Curtis; brother Kenneth Reddick; and nephew Shawn Reddick.
A service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Evansville, Minnesota, on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, with a service at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Mound Grove Cemetery, Evansville, and a luncheon will follow in the church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Faith Lutheran Church of Evansville, the Aspirus Hospital Foundation, the Alomere Health Foundation, or the charity of your choice.