Walter Francis Reddy Nina Genevieve
Born: May 13, 1891 Born: October 2, 1896
Died: March 9, 1972 Died: April 4, 1985
Walter and Nina Reddy of East Lansing, Michigan, purchased several lots in the Felker's Lake Shore Development in 1942 by Quit Claim from two colleagues for "one dollar & other good and valuable considerations". Walter subsequently built the first Felker's Subdivision cottage and took an active part in its development. Walter and Nina are Dorothy Otto's parents. Dorothy, with her husband Tom, continues to live in the second Felker's home built by Walter and Nina.
Written by: Dorothy Otto
Edited by: John Shack 05/20/08
Walter Reddy had one brother, Charles Reddy, and two sisters, Winnie and Elsie. When about ten years of age their mother died and, because their father was unable to care for them, the children were divided. Winnie went to live with an aunt. Elsie was adopted by a wealthy family. Walter and Charles were kept together and lived with relatives. All four children kept in touch and eventually achieved in significant careers.
Winnie went to Platteville Normal (now the University of Wisconsin-Platteville) and became a physical education teacher in
Walter went on to study and sit for the Michigan Bar, being accepted in 1921. His first jobs included serving as Director of the State Board of Tax Examination and Director of the Gasoline Division in the Secretary of State's office. He subsequently became
In 1941 one of the auditors who worked with Walter offered him some property in
Dorothy remembers sleeping in this tiny cabin with her sister, Patty, during their teens. If they were out with friends in the evening, their mother required that they snap a line that ran between the main cottage and the cabin to make a noise to alert her to their safe return. More often one sister would return home at the required hour to snap the line and then sneak back to the beach party to join her sister. As of 2008 both the cottage and side cabin remain intact on the property as a popular rental.
In 1949 Walter decided to bring
When Walter retired, he and Nina moved full time into this more substantial home and enjoyed the area for many more years. The house was expanded by Dorothy and her husband, Tom Otto, when they eventually were willed the house. The other lots which Walter originally purchased were willed to his daughter Patty and son Jack.
Dorothy remembers her father to have a "deep love for his family, an outstanding sense of humor, and a ready willingness to share his great intelligence to help others". "The world is a better place because of Walter Reddy. I was blessed to be his daughter", reports Dorothy.