The Obit For Fred Redding

Frederick H. Redding

Published in Decatur Herald & Review on March 1, 2011

DECATUR - Frederick H. Redding, 92, of Decatur, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Monday, February 28, 2011 at Decatur Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

Services to celebrate Fred's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2011at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home with Pastor Kelly Cox officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Fair Havens Christian Home 1790 S. Fairview Ave. Decatur, Illinois.

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Fred was born June 24, 1918 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of J. Fred and Gladys J. Redding. He retired from the Northfolk & Western Railroad in 1982 after thirty-five years of service. Fred married Geraldine Queen in October of 1965. She preceded him in death April 10, 2010.

Fred was an active member of the Decatur Bowling Association and spent a lifetime perfecting his bowling game; achieving a number of perfect games, as well as capturing many individual and team honors. Fred was inducted into the Decatur Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1984. He also loved the game of golf.

A self taught and gifted golfer Fred won the Decatur City Amateur Championship in 1948 and played in two U.S. Open Tournaments. Fred was often sought by friends and family for a bowling or golf lesson or tip.

He also spent time during his early adult life playing professional baseball in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Fred was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Decatur. He will be sadly missed by a long line of friends and acquaintances.

Fred is survived by a son: Michael W. Queen (wife Deborah), daughter: Linda C. Harrod of Springfield, grandson: Jason A. Queen, and great-granddaughter: Alyssa both of Forsyth, two nephews, and one cousin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, and one sister.

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