Funeral services for Dean F. Redding, 88, Lawrence, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Private burial will take place at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. Redding died January 21, 2011 at St. Francis Health Center, in Topeka, KS.
He was born August 1, 1922 in Waverly, Kansas, the son of Walter and Gladys (Thompson) Redding. He attended high school in Waverly, Kansas and graduated from fixing machinery on the farm to fixing airplanes in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
He worked for power houses at Kansas University, Sunflower Army Ammunitions plant during the Korean War, and the missile base in Wamego, KS. He retired from General Motors Fairfax plant in Kansas City in 1987.
Dean was a member of the First Christian Church in Lawrence. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #6 AF&AM, Lawrence and the Dorsey-Liberty Post #14, American Legion, Lawrence.
He married Elsie Irene Sylvester on August 12, 1943 in Midland, Texas. They shared 59 years of loving partnership before she preceded him in death on December 25, 2002.
Survivors include: his devoted companion, Myrtle Christy, Topeka; a daughter, Karon Stevens and husband, John, Lawrence; a son, Larry D. Redding and wife, Nomi, Lawrence; one granddaughter Jessica Redding-Newhouse, and husband, Ryan Newhouse, Missoula, Montana; one great granddaughter, Emmy, Missoula, Montana; two brothers, Bill Redding, Waverly and Harlin Redding, Lawrence; and one sister, Carolyn Krull, Berryton.
The family will greet friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, January 24, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Nature Conservancy in Kansas or Konza Prairie Foundation and may be sent in care of the mortuary.