116 South Street P.O. Box 165 Chardon, OH 44024

The Burr Family… Treasuring Memories for Five Generations

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Reno A. "Jay" Reda

April 3, 1959 - January 16, 2012

Reno A. “Jay” Reda Jr., 52, of Chardon Township, passed away Jan. 16, 2012, at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland surrounded by his loving family, his dogs, and “Reno’s Army.”Born April 3, 1959, in Youngstown, he had lived in Youngstown before moving to Geauga County in the early 1980s.Jay served…read more

Reno A. “Jay” Reda Jr., 52, of Chardon Township, passed away Jan. 16, 2012, at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland surrounded by his loving family, his dogs, and “Reno’s Army.”Born April 3, 1959, in Youngstown, he had lived in Youngstown before moving to Geauga County in the early 1980s.Jay served as a State Wildlife officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for 27 years, retiring Oct. 31, 2008. He has been the host of “Inside the Great Outdoors” talk radio show on 1420 WHK, Sunday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. for the last 11 years. For many years, Jay held a part-time commission with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.Reno “Jay” Reda married Michelle Faber in Chardon, July 2, 2005.Jay’s greatest joy was spending time with family, friends and his golden retrievers. He spent many hours cooking and won several awards while participating in celebrity cooking contests. Jay had a great passion for educating people of all ages about the great outdoors. Jay was a self defense, firearms, archery and fishing instructor, was the first fully certified Wildlife Enforcement K-9 handler. He also worked two and a half years undercover narcotics with federal task force and served as the media liaison for Division of Wildlife. He was a regular guest host on outdoor segments of Wild Ohio TV and WKYC.com/outdoors TV (channel 3). He was a hunting and obedience dog trainer.Jay was a self defense trainer (firearms, hand-to-hand, etc.) for both law enforcement and private citizens, specifically women so they could enjoy the great outdoors. He was a competitive power lifter (squat, dead lift, bench press) and held a record or two for a while. Jay served as a peer counselor for survivors of critical incidents. He loved hunting especially pheasants, doves and waterfowl with Michelle, Grizzly Bear (his nine-year-old golden retriever), Bruin (his five-year-old golden retriever) and Munchie (his 17-year-old “speckled retriever”).His passion for fishing was equaled by his joy of watching others master the sport. He loved to cook and “catered” a few dinners here and there. He taught cooking, specializing in Italian and wild cuisine. He also owned a small consulting company. Jay was a longtime member of the Chardon Rotary Club, until his work travels prevented him from attending.He was honored with awards such as the Conservationist of the Year by Soil and Water Conservation District, Outdoor Skills Professional of the Year, Wildlife Officer of the Year, Governors Merit Award, Medal of Valor, Dupont Survivors Award and many others.Survivors are his wife, Michelle (nee Faber) Reda of Chardon Township; sister, Gina (Paul) Garchar of Struthers; brother, Sam (Rhonda) Reda of Pataskala; nieces and nephews, Aubourne (Phil) Nemeth of Willowick, Larry, Paulie and Adrianna Garchar of Struthers, Sabrina and Reno Reda of Pataskala.He was preceded in death by his parents, Reno A. and Betty L. (nee Failor) Reda Sr.Memorial services will be noon Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at The Church of St. Mary, Banquet Hall, 401 North St., Chardon. where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday. Private family burial will be at a later date.The family requests donations to the Geauga County Agricultural Society, c/o Natural Resources Area, P.O. Box 402, Burton, OH 44021, so his work can continue.Arrangements are being handled by The Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Chardon.

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Date: Friday, January 20, 2012

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Church of St. Mary Banquet Hall

401 North Street
Chardon, OH 44024

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Church of St. Mary Banquet Hall

401 North Street
Chardon, OH 44024
 

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