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In Memory of

Don C. Redding

September 14, 1923 - March 20, 2015

Obituary


Don C. Redding, 91, of Independence, MO, passed away March 20, 2015. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling, Independence, MO at 1:30 pm with burial to follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Don was born on September 14, 1923 in Moline, IL to Drs. D.P. and Fearne Redding. The family moved to Kansas City, MO in 1926 and he graduated from Northeast High School in 1940....

Don C. Redding, 91, of Independence, MO, passed away March 20, 2015. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Home from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling, Independence, MO at 1:30 pm with burial to follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Don was born on September 14, 1923 in Moline, IL to Drs. D.P. and Fearne Redding. The family moved to Kansas City, MO in 1926 and he graduated from Northeast High School in 1940. Don became an Eagle Scout and a member of the tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was a member of the Mother Chapter Order of DeMolay. Don graduated from William Jewell College with a degree in Economics, and was President of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He entered the United States Army Air Corps in January 1943. In WWII, Don served as Flight Engineer and Waist Gunner on a B-24 out of the 15th Air Force. On his 17th mission, he was shot down over Vienna, Austria. He was captured and detained as a Prisoner of War for five months. After the war, Don returned and married Patricia Anne Crenshaw on May 23, 1948. They had one daughter, Jana Renee. Patricia passed away 2 months short of 59 years of marriage. He formed his own insurance agency in 1958 and was an Independent Agent until he retired in 1994.Throughout his life, Don was a natural leader. The many organizations he actively participated in included the Blue Ridge Optimist Club, Crackerneck Country Club, Independence Rotary Club, East Gate Masonic Lodge, Independence Boys Club, Lakewood Golf Club, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Scottish Rite, Ararat Shrine, Legion of Honor, Royal Order of Jesters, Heart of America Chapter American Ex-POWs, American Legion Post 21, VFW, and DAV. In his political career, he served as one of the first Jackson County Legislators, Past President of the Missouri Association of State Banking Board. Don loved to play golf and travel, especially to Rocky Mountain National Park. He greatly enjoyed the Heartland Honor Flight to Washington DC with Jana. Don had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. To know him was to love him, and he was the very best Dad a girl could have. In lieu of flowers, Jana suggests donations to St. Paul United Methodist Church or Heartland Honor Flight.



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