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Jacob Edward (Jake) Reidt

June 25, 1953 - June 18, 2024

Jacob Edward (Jake) Reidt went to be with his Savior on June 18, 2024, just one week shy of his 71st birthday. Jake was born June 25,1953, in Spokane, Wash., the third of eight children and the only son of Jacob and Thelma (Summers) Reidt. His childhood was marked by his parents' love for Jesus, early piano lessons and musical talent, and a bright mind. As a young man, his adventurous spirit led him across the U.S., as he hitchhiked and rode boxcars. Jake met his future wife, Gina Gray, in the youth group at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in the Spokane Valley. They were married February 8, 1975, and raised four children together. Jake was a fun-loving father and a devoted husband.

Working in construction, Jake followed jobs to support his family, moving to Nampa, Idaho, and to Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to Spokane. Eventually, and for most of his career, Jake worked for himself as a cabinet installation subcontractor. He was a talented craftsman, and built four homes and remodeled countless others that the family lived in through the years. Those homes were always filled with hundreds of books, his piano playing, his good cooking and strong coffee, and lots of music and laughter.

In 2003, he and Gina purchased his grandfather's farm outside Hay, Wash. As a boy, he adored visiting his grandparents there and was delighted to restore the farmhouse, tend the property, and extend the joy of those memories to his children and grandchildren. Three years later, he accomplished another long time dream; building his own cabin at Bead Lake, Wash.

Retiring in 2016, Jake and Gina spent a great deal of time traveling all over the United States, in planes, trains, and camper vans. Traveling was stoked by their interest in the world and history. They traveled with friends and family, were snowbirds in Hawaii, and even visited Israel in 2023. His easy going nature and quick wit won them friends wherever they went. In the course of his life, diligent study and a soft heart nurtured a deep and abiding faith in God that profoundly shaped who Jake was and how he endeavored to treat others. When at home at the farm, Jake was very blessed to play piano in worship at Selbu Lutheran Church.

Jake died at Newport Hospital from complications related to Hairy Cell Leukemia. He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma J. Reidt, Hay, Wash.

Jake is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gina M. (Gray) Reidt, Hay, Wash.; his father, Jacob H. Reidt, Hay, Wash.; four children (and their spouses): Jacob J. Reidt (Tatsu), Spokane, Wash., Jessi Lish (Leo), Enumclaw, Wash., Josh Reidt (Traci), Ritzville, Wash., Jina Fifield (Leonard), Richland, Wash.; twelve grandchildren, one great grandson, seven sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Selbu Lutheran Church, 6004 Mudflat Rd., LaCrosse, Wash., on August 10, 2024, at 11 a.m. Luncheon to follow.


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