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D. L. "Sonny" Redding

D. L. D.L. (Sonny) Redding, age 87, of Manhattan, died peacefully on November 28th at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

From his birth in Scott City, Kansas, on May 10, 1930 to his death on Tuesday, he was a hardworking, involved community member and dedicated family man. He was born in Scott Community Hospital to Everett and Laurel (Whitham) Redding and was the middle of three children. He grew up working on the family farm.

He married Virgie L. McDaniel in Logan County, Kansas, at her parents’ farm on May 15, 1948 and they began life together farming in Colorado.

During the Korean War, Sonny served from January 1953 to December 1954 and reached the rank of Corporal. Sonny graduated from Kansas State University in 1959 with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.

While living in Ogden, Kansas, Sonny became a scout master and worked with boy scouts in Ogden for 10 years. After moving to Manhattan in 1969, he continued as scoutmaster for Troop 76 for another 13 years. Sonny reached the rank of Eagle Scout and guided each of his 3 sons to reach that rank as well. Eventually, he was awarded the highest rank in scouting, the Silver Beaver award. Sonny was an active member of the First Christian Church, as well as a member of the American Legion. In 1996, he was elected to serve on the Blue Township Board, a position he held until this year.

Sonny was employed by Kansas Farm Bureau for 21 years. He then opened Redding’s Accounting and Tax Service, a successful business that served the community until November, 2017.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Juanita Sowell and Edith Redding, a son: Vernon Redding, and 2 grandchildren: Sally Redding and Trevor Redding.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years,Virgie Redding; 3 children: Victor (Tamie) Redding, Vincent (Sandi) Redding; both of Randolph, KS; and Lorri Varela of La Habra, CA. His surviving grandchildren are Cory Redding, Kolbi Redding, Jessica Redding, Justin Redding, Logan Redding, Livia Varela, and Laine Varela.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Burial will follow at the Valley View Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Memorial contributions may be made in Sonny’s name to Boy Scout Troop 76 or the First Christian Church Capital Campaign Fund and left in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

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