Ms. Verdella (Della) Edna Amen Reidt died peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 24, 2021. Della was born on Oct. 22, 1931, in Roscoe, South Dakota, to Balthasar and Lydia Amen. Della helped her parents on their farm and helped raise her two brothers, Darvie and Orlo.
She attended school in Roscoe, and after high school, she married Clifford Reidt, in 1951. They worked together on the Reidt farm. Fay, their oldest son, was born in Faulkton, South Dakota, and Linden was born three years later in Ipswich, South Dakota. In 1956, to make a better life for their family, they decided to move to Powell, where Della’s parents lived.
In 1957, their third son Craig was born. Clifford worked for Lloyd Heimer and Della worked at Moyers Drug store. Della also worked at Gambles, and after a time, she got a job as the first woman to work at Linton’s feed/hardware store. Cliff and Della bought and ran the Powell laundries for many years. She also drove beet truck during harvest time for years, which she absolutely loved doing.
In 2004 Cliff and Della decided to move to Casper, Wyoming, to be closer to their sons. They moved to a much smaller house, which gave Della the opportunity to do all the things she loved. She did gardening, flowers, four wheeling, camping, knitting, sewing and socializing. Della became involved with the Casper senior center and they had quite the group of ladies meeting for lunch three times a week. She dearly loved to dance and attended every dance the senior center sponsored. She loved her children and never missed an opportunity to spend time with them.
Della was a celebration of life. She lived in the present and was a ray of sunshine to all she knew. She was always the first one in line to have some fun.
Della was preceded in death by her two brothers, Orlo and Darvie; her father, mother and husband.
She is survived by her sons, Fay Reidt of Casper, Wyoming, Linden Reidt of Gillette, Wyoming, and Craig Reidt and wife Dianne of Casper. She has three grandchildren: Dawn Walling, Rian Walling and Darren Reidt. She has four great-grandchildren: Abby McClain, Brianna Walling, Damien and Sophia Reidt, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Della will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Thompson Funeral Home at 2 p.m.
A viewing will be held one hour before the service from 1 to 2 pm. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. The service will be live streamed on Facebook on the Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services page.