There’s that old saying about, “You know Joe…” and yes, you do! Joe Riddle is a legend in these parts! He has served in a variety of volunteer positions like secretary of the Masonic Lodge, Vice Commander of the Carson American Legion, member of the Carson Methodist Church, member of the Iowa Western Community Band, past Carson City Council member, a member on the WIDA Board, a Shriner, and many more I’m sure!
On this Veteran’s Day, we honor Joe because he not only served in the military, but he now serves Pottawattamie County in so many ways. Joe enlisted during the beginning of the Vietnam Era when he was a freshman in college. He did his basic training and OJT at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, then got a call to be a tuba player. He served in the 566th Air Force Band Illinois Air National Guard from April of 1965 to December of 1992 playing tuba and bass trombone. As a self-quoted “weekend warrior,” he saw 11 other countries and 39 states. He also is retired after a 33-year stint working for the Rock Island, Chicago & North Western, and Union Pacific Railroads. He and his wife moved to Carson from Chicago in 1995 and he’s now been here 25 years!
If you know Joe, you know he’s always got something to say, his talents are many, and he’s always willing to pitch in and help for a cause. It’s not surprising to see him helping at a funeral or the Carson Business Trick-or-Treat or in a parade with the Shriners. He’s a people person and believes in giving back. He told me that his most satisfying role has been as a driver for the Shriners’ Hospitals. He takes children with special needs for surgeries and check-ups. That is a testament to the man Joe Riddle is…
Riddle learned a lot in the military including how to work as a team to get a mission completed and that you’re only as strong as your weakest link/member. He firmly believes that all citizens are responsible for themselves as well as their neighbors. There’s no question that Joe is wholeheartedly invested in his community, county, state, and country.
Joe, your jovial spirit and dedication to service are unmatched. Pott. Co. is beyond thankful to have you!
Thanks to Jackie Akers for contributing photos.