OBITUARY

Roscoe E. Redding Jr.

August 23, 1944March 30, 2019
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Roscoe “Sonny” Everett Redding, Jr., 74, of Woodridge, IL, previous long-time resident of Wauconda, IL, passed away on March 30, 2019. He was born in Macomb, IL, on August 23, 1944, to Roscoe Everett Redding, Sr., and Lola Clorine Sheets (nee Badger).

Sonny is survived by his daughter Dawn (Karl) Kalis, of Woodridge, IL, his son Scott (Ashley) Redding, of West Des Moines, IA, his three young grandsons Alan Kalis, Marshall Redding, and Miles Redding, his brother James Redding, Sr., of Fort Wayne, IN, his sister, Dolores (Robert) Galler, of Crown Point, IN, his half-brother, Timothy Sheets, of Patton, MO, his half-sister, Lisa (Ryan) Birmingham, of Cord, AR, and his aunt, Barbara Rial, of Macomb, IL.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Joan Arlene Redding (nee Rausch), his parents, his in-laws John and Luella (nee Karns) Rausch, his younger brothers, Glen Redding, Sr., and Dale Thomas Redding, and his older half-brother John Redding.

Sonny began working, in 1964, at his father-in-law’s tool sharpening business, Great Lakes Tool Service, Inc. When John Rausch retired in 1984, Sonny took over the management and operations of the business.

In his free time, Sonny enjoyed doing home repairs and yard work. He also enjoyed outdoor activities, including boating, snowmobiling, and coaching his son’s little league baseball teams.

Before moving to the west suburbs, Sonny was an active, long-time member of Ivanhoe Congregational Church, in Mundelein, IL. Upon the death of his wife, Sonny began actively attending Knox Presbyterian Church, in Naperville, IL.

Visitation at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Avenue (On Rt. 53, ½ mile south of Ogden Ave./Rt. 34) in Lisle, IL, on Monday, April 8, 2019, from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Funeral Service at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Mt. Emblem Cemetery, in Elmhurst, IL, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville, IL 60540, or The American Red Cross. For information, call the Blake-Lamb Funeral Home at (630) 964-9392.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Roscoe E. Redding Jr.

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Greg Antonetti

April 18, 2019

I was lucky to have such a great next door neighbor as Sonny. Both of us were busy running businesses, making the weekend the time to do yard work. For some reason we always met on the weekend to cut our grass, I would hear Sonny riding his John Deere mower and I would then bring out my mower. When we were partway finished, we would wave - shut down the mowers and take the time to talk. I looked forward to these discussions, it would be a variety of subjects: business, neighbors, family and all the other topics that came to us... It was our time together and we rarely missed a "lawn cutting" together. Soon the pressures of life pushed Sonny to have to give up lawn cutting along with our weekly meetings. I know he fought this decision, because it also changed our time together to laugh and commiserate about all things in our life. The noise of the mowers didn't anymore sound the alarm for our meetings. Today this day I miss these encounters and my special friend Sonny... when I jump on my mower, I lance over to the neatly taken care of brick house and smile at the memories Sonny gave me... much love to your family Sonny and Joan ... Greg Antonetti

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Sonny with Clorine (Mom), Laura (Great Grandma) & Fern (Grandma)

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Sonny, Jimmy, Timmy, Dolores, Lisa,Butch

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Dawn, Alan & Sonny - August 2012

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Joan, Alan & Sonny - August 2012

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Sonny & Alan - August 2012

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Sonny with Clorine (Mom), Laura (Great Grandma) & Fern (Grandma)

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Sonny, Jimmy, Timmy, Dolores, Lisa,Butch

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Dawn, Alan & Sonny - August 2012

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Joan, Alan & Sonny - August 2012

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Sonny & Alan - August 2012

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Ashley, Marshall, Sonny & Scott - September 2012