October 23, 2003

(9/26/1924 - 10/16/2003)

Robert Otis Redding, 79, of Fairmont, MO, died October 16, 2003, at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka, MO, where he had been a resident the past six weeks.

He was born September 26, 1924, in Downing, MO, a son of Richard Thomas and Allie Myrtle Allen Redding.

On December 25, 1943, he was united in marriage to Leola Maxine Pruett at Memphis, MO.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine of the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka, MO; seven sons, Keith Redding and his wife, Susan of Kahoka, MO, David Redding and his wife, Sandra of Wyaconda, MO, William Redding and his wife, Rae Joanne of Moville, IA, John Redding and his wife, Linda of Wyaconda, MO, Jerry Redding and his wife, Julia of Kahoka, MO, Samuel Redding and his wife, Teri of Kahoka, MO, and Timothy Redding and his wife, Kay of Carlinville, IL; five daughters, Kay Redding of Jefferson City, MO, Deborah Malone and her husband, Pat of Kahoka, MO, Rebecca Moore and her husband, Harold of Columbia, MO, Elizabeth Bird of Fort Madison, IA, and Martha Ellefritz and her husband, Randy of Keokuk, IA; three sisters, Helen Riley, Wilma Smoot, and Maxine Atkinson, all of Downing, MO; a brother-in-law, Albert Pruett of Rochester, MN; 22 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; and a brother, Leonard.

Robert was a World War II Army Veteran serving from 1944 until 1946 and was a member of the Wyaconda Baptist Church. He had been trained as a welder through the GI Bill and was self-employed throughout his life as a logger-mechanic and was renowned for his welding skills. He was often heard to say that he could “weld anything but a broken heart or the break of day”. In the latter part of his life, he owned and operated an auto repair shop in Fairmont with his son, John. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid fisherman.

Funeral services were held October 19, 2003, at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka, MO, with Rev. Ernest Deatrick officiating. Special music was provided by Mathew Eder, soloist, accompanied by Kathy Wilson and congregational singing. Honorary pallbearers were Dave Redding, Kevin Redding, Marty Redding, Ian Bird, Dalton Bird and Ryan Moore. Pallbearers were Jared Malone, Joe Redding, Erik Moore, Tom Redding, Jeremy McDaniel, and Jim Marsh. Burial with full military rites was in Fairmont Cemetery by Missouri Military Honors, Herman Blum Post #192 of the American Legion, and Ayer-Boatman Post #4342, V.F.W. Memorials were suggested to the American Lung Association or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were handled by Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka, MO.

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