In Memory of John Reedy
Besser Company Press Release
Terri Grulke, Director, Corporate Advertising
In Memory of John Reedy
21 September 2022
The Besser Team mourns the passing of John Reedy. John retired from his role as Director of North American Sales in 2019. Upon John’s retirement, now retired CEO and President Kevin Curtis commented, “We’re grateful for the leadership, professionalism, and industry knowledge that John brought to Besser Company and shared throughout his career. John strengthened our sales organization when we needed it the most. We’re also grateful for Kathy’s (John’s wife) contributions, her unwavering support of John’s efforts, and for being an ambassador for Besser whether attending a state association meeting, assisting at a trade show, or entertaining customers.”
Those fortunate enough to work with John throughout his 40 years in the industry, whether at Besser, Paco, Georgia Masonry Supply, RMC-Allied Ready Mix, or Williams Brothers/Blue Circle, learned from his varied and vast experience about production of concrete products, managing teams, negotiating, sales and most importantly, how to balance a successful career and family life. John led by example and was a fabulous mentor and coach.
His obituary reads in part, “John loved fiercely. He was passionate about his faith in God and his family meant the world to him. He was a proud Husband, Father, Brother, Gramps, Uncle, and mentor to many people. John was as rare as his steaks- handsome, sharp, witty, and onery at times. The greatest storyteller and had a real zest for life. He enjoyed cooking, grilling, and relaxing on the lake with a scotch in hand. He loved his pal Remi and all of the family dogs. He loved to go boating on the pontoon, golfing, fishing, and hunting.”
John is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn “Kathy” Reedy, a children John (Adena) Reedy III, Jessica (Brian) Heck, Janelle (Garey) Gates, Johanna Reedy, Kristyn (Michael) Monceski, and Jacqueline (Bradley) Dunlavey, fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
About Besser Company:
Besser is headquartered in Alpena, Michigan and has equipment operating in more than 130 countries worldwide. The company supplies complete manufacturing systems for the masonry, hardscape, pipe, precast and ready-mix segments of the industry. In addition, Besser manufactures curing systems for all segments of the concrete industry. The company manufacturers parts, provides service, and offers training from manufacturing locations staffed with Sales and Technical Service Representatives throughout the world. More information can be found at: www.besser.com.