OBITUARY

Charles A Redding III

December 31, 1947August 24, 2018
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Chuck Redding, 70, of Evansville, passed away on August 24, 2018. He was born on December 31, 1947, to the late Johnnie and Charles A. Redding II.

Chuck attended Millikin University and then ISUE (USI). He started, owned and operated The Book Broker for 43 years. He was known to be a mentor and father figure to many. Chuck was a Rat Rod and a Classic Car Enthusiast.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Chuck is survived by his sister, Christine Frank (Gary); brothers, Kent Redding (Debbie), Paul Redding (Marilyn); numerous nieces and nephews; soulmate, Debby Josey Redding; and step grandsons, Kaleb and Nolan Josey.

A Funeral Service will be held 10:00 AM on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, officiated by Stephanie Weiner, with burial in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 and then 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanderburgh County Humane Society.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 31, 2018
REMEMBERING

Charles A Redding III

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Diane Currier

September 5, 2018

Chuck was a great guy! He always helped me when I was in the store. He went out of his way to help anyone. He will be missed!
Condolences to the family

Robin Cope

September 2, 2018

I met chuck about 20 yrs. ago when I needed a VHS tape of family memories transferred to DVD. Chuck was so helpful, explaining the process. I was more than a little nervous about having it done anyway because it was the only one we had and it was irreplaceable. Chuck assured me he would take good care of it.
Few days later he called and said "It's all taken care of" Now I had the dvd and 5 copies for my siblings. When I went to Book Broker to pick them up I saw all these cd's and I started shuffling through them and to my surprise I was finding music than I hadn't heard in many years and some I had forgotten about completely. Needless to say I was at the Book Broker a couple times a week! There were a few times I had looked up and I was the only customer in there! Chuck would go ahead and close the store and let me continue my search for another cd that I just knew I needed lol and was sure it was there hidden in the wrong category lol so I had to go through EVERY row and every category. Lol What a Great guy! So helpful and knowledgeable about music.
I hadn't seen him since I moved in 2007. He was definitely one in a million. My condolences go out to his family for their loss.

Monica Mills - Brackmann Tax & Accounting

August 31, 2018

I have worked with Chuck for many years as a member of his accounting team. Chuck was one of the rare individuals who always showed respect for others and was always gracious and kind.
It was a pleasure working with him over the years. God bless his family and praying for comfort and peace as you mourn and relive the wonderful moments of his life.

Jason Gardner

August 29, 2018

Chuck was an all around great person. I worked for Chuck as well as many others throughout the years. I will always remember going to the Book Broker at Fairlawn center as a kid and when he moved the shop to the it's current location. Chuck was a always there when you needed anything his personality was always one above the rest. Chuck you will truly be missed my friend thank you for the memories.

Linda Walker

August 28, 2018

Chuck was the first friend I had in Evansville other than those I worked with. I've been going to the Book Broker since 1975 and was so thankful for him especially in those early years when I'd spend several hours a week in the store. We had reading interests in common and Chuck always made time to talk and visit. I've greatly missed seeing him lately when my visits to the store didn't correspond with his times there. His leaving us is such a sad loss.

Kyle Starks

August 28, 2018

I worked at the Book Broker from 1991 to 1999. Chuck not only gave me a job, he gave me the best working environment and most influential, important years of my life. There is no way I am who I am today without the Book Broker and Chuck
The Book Broker catered from the poorest families in the area to well-to-do . It’s clientele covered a broad range of incomes and religions and types and I can’t remember there ever being a problem. Everyone got along. Everyone was friendly. And that says everything about the man who ran it and the environment he created there. That was there when he wasn’t. Chuck Redding had a knack for people as much as business and he was great at both.
I’d like to think the legacy of Chuck Redding is that we can all get along, we can all be inclusive to those different from us, that we can greet each other friendly and always be willing to give someone a chance and do so before anyone else even considered it. We're all in this together.
RIP, Chuck, I hope you know how many lives you sincerely affected.

Jay Ditzer

August 28, 2018

Chuck was one of a kind. I loved the Book Broker and even when I was a dorky, ignorant 13-year-old, he never talked down to me, which was very cool. He will be missed.

Kerri Cooley

August 28, 2018

Chuck was just a great person, who made anyone feel welcome when they walked in to Book Broker and appreciated on every return trip. He took a real interest in not just what we wanted to pick up that day, but also how he could make our day better while we were in the shop. In addition, he made it a little easier for poor high school kids to get into comics and games. He played a big role in making my childhood and that of my friends more enjoyable, and he will be missed.

Matthew Hawes

August 28, 2018

Chuck was, for many in the Evansville area, their first experience with a comic book dealer and specialty shop. In fact, he was one of the first in the city to specialize in comics, cards, and related merchandise. I first met Chuck when I went to his store as a young child, around 9-years-old in the late 1970s. He was a personable and charismatic man and his presence among local fans of comics and cards will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Steve Bullock

August 28, 2018

I remember well walking into Chuck (the BookBroker) Redding's first store on Diamond Ave. I am pretty sure I was with my old pal Oscar Bennett, and we were riding our motorcycles.
We stepped into the building and were greeted in Chuck's inimitable style, his beard and likable manner instantly making an impression upon me. I think it was that beard that always made me think Chuck was at least a good 15-20 years my senior, probably because I wasn't able to grow a beard yet.
Chuck's first store was tiny, but had just the kind of stuff I was looking for... comics! I cannot remember if I bought anything that day, but I knew I had found a place I wanted to frequent.
I followed Chuck's various stores over Evansville, and the main draw was always Chuck's unique personality. Wherever his stores went, I followed. I had a LOT of great times at his stores.
He and I had a bit of a falling out in the early eighties, but it never stopped him from being professional or from selling me over-priced back issues of the Uncanny X-Men.
I only saw Chuck once after 1985, and I could tell some of the fire as out of him. I don't know if it was because he still had a grudge, if age had slowed him down, or if illness was even then creeping into his bones. All I knew is that I was depressed and sad the rest of the day. The old Book Broker was not the same. And neither was I.
I write this with a few tears. Chuck was a great guy, really. Fallible like all of us, but a good guy and a great fellow.
As cliche as it is, I hope he rests in peace.
He deserves it.

Biography

Chuck Redding, 70, of Evansville, passed away on August 24, 2018. He was born on December 31, 1947, to the late Johnnie and Charles A. Redding II.

Chuck attended Millikin University and then ISUE (USI). He started, owned and operated The Book Broker for 43 years. He was known to be a mentor and father figure to many. Chuck was a Rat Rod and a Classic Car Enthusiast.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Chuck is survived by his sister, Christine Frank (Gary); brothers, Kent Redding (Debbie), Paul Redding (Marilyn); numerous nieces and nephews; soulmate, Debby Josey Redding; and step grandsons, Kaleb and Nolan Josey.

A Funeral Service will be held 10:00 AM on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, officiated by Stephanie Weiner, with burial in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 and then 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanderburgh County Humane Society.