Henry P. Redding
July 7, 1930 – November 19, 2019
Henry P. Redding passed away peacefully at home on November 19, 2019. Born in Naylor, Georgia on July 7, 1930 to parents Lawrence and Lucille Redding, they moved shortly thereafter to Orlando, FL. After graduating from High school, and achieving the distinction of Eagle Scout, he joined the Air Force at an early age to fulfill his patriotic duty and become a pilot. He served in active duty during the Korean War before leaving to fly commercial with World Airlines, and Continental, later returning to his beloved Air force in the Reserves. In 1962, he ferried a planeload of soldiers from Fort Richardson to Nome Alaska where one engine failed, and he landed the C119 without incident. After retirement from the Air Force, he used his GI bill to get his rating in several other aircrafts including Lear jets.
Hank is survived by his wife Janet of 33 years and they lived in Orange, CA. Finally living a dream of owning an airplane, Hank and Janet flew to Sacramento often to visit his daughters, and attend squadron reunions at McClellan Air Force base, Texas, and Las Vegas.
A Renaissance man indeed, he was an avid hunter, fisherman and blessed with multiple talents and skills. Hank was a master in auto mechanics, could repair TVs, watches, VCRs, clocks, an artist, master at stain glass, ham radio operator, and built and maintained computers. His woodworking skills were featured in Stereo Review magazine for his three-piece walnut stereo console complete with the finest equipment and speakers.
Preceded in death by his daughter Susan Redding, stepson Jeff Ellis, and his brother Frank Redding. He is survived by his daughters Brenda (Cary) Fotos, and Michelle (Michael) Lawson, Stepsons Joel Ellis, Jon (Molly) Ellis, and nephews. Beloved grandfather of Sophia Fotos.
- Hank is preceded in death by his daughter Susan Redding, stepson Jeff Ellis, and his brother Frank Redding. He is survived by his daughters Brenda (Cary) Fotos, and Michelle (Michael) Lawson, Stepsons Joel Ellis, Jon (Molly) Ellis, and nephews. Beloved grandfather of Sophia Fotos.
- Visitation Monday, November 25, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Henry P. Redding
November 26, 2019
I always enjoyed talking to Hank, my neighbor. He was opinionated and had a good heart. I am truly sorry for his passing. He must be in heaven building a new, improved sound system there.
Morgan S Barbour
November 23, 2019
A great Friend & Pilot in the Aviation World has "Gone West".
We in USAF Aviation Cadet Class of 54-H...….
Wish "Hank" a Safe & Smooth Journey on his Final Flight.
Our Class has been in contact with each other since we graduated on April 28, 1954, and our friendship and camaraderie has not wavered or stalled in our support and love for each other.
We send our condolences to his Wife Janet, and Daughters Brenda and Michelle and the entire Redding Families and Extended Families.
Morgan S. Barbour, Bellevue, WA