Walter ‘James’ Tedder

Walter ‘James’ TedderWalter “James” Tedder’s life spanned Sept. 25, 1943, to Sept. 23, 2018.

Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, James would have wanted you to know that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders, raising hell and enjoying his life for more than seven decades. He enjoyed beer, guns, motorcycles, fishing, hunting, camping and women until the day he died.

He had a gift of gab and loved chatting with his buddies on CB radios; his handle could be heard across the radio “You Gotta a Copy Old Blue.” He loved to tinker on his 1959 Chevy (Old Blue) and continued to make modification to it throughout the years. He was part of the American Legion many years and also served as a commander for Post 261 in El Monte.

He served as a radar technician in the United States Army and United States Army Reserve from 1964-1970 during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Expert Rifle. He was an accomplished machinist with a machine technology degree from Rio Hondo College.

James was born in Molokai, Hawaii, to I.G. and Emma Tedder. He was preceded in death by parents I.G. and Emma Tedder and brothers I.G. and Dean Tedder.

He is survived by his daughter Jamie O’Malley and husband Tom; sons Thomas Tedder and wife Karli and Steve Rodgers and wife Amanda; sister Dorris Hennings and husband Chuck; brother Cecil Tedder; and grandchildren, Shyann O’Malley, Jacob O’Malley, Jasmine Hartwig, Gavin Tedder, Amerika Rodgers, Justice Rodgers, Liberty Rodgers and Nation Rodgers.

He is also survived by his longtime friends, who were really family, Chuck Verity, Ken Blades and Jim Burch; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at the American Legion with a ride to George’s Pond escorted by the American Legion Riders. Meet at Holland & Lyons Mortuary, 216 South Norma St., at 8:45 a.m. Riders depart at 9 a.m. and arrive at George’s Pond in Lone Pine at approximately 10:30 a.m. Riders will depart George’s Pond at approximately 11:30 a.m., returning at approximately 1 p.m. A potluck at American Legion Post 684 will follow at 2 p.m.

— Submitted by the family of James Tedder

Story First Published: 2018-10-05