Floyd E. “Pete” Redding, 79, of New Holland, Ohio died Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 3:32 a.m. at his home.  He had been in failing health.

Pete was born September 9, 1944, in Franklin County, Ohio to Floyd Woodrow and Betty Mae Boyd Redding.  He lived most of his life in the New Holland community.

He formerly was a construction worker and farmer and had owned and operated Redding Disposal.

Pete enjoyed square dancing and took special delight in sneaking up on people and scaring the daylight out of them.

In 1965, he married Viola Southward, and then went on to marry the former Jean Ann Brown on February 4, 1995.  She preceded him in death on September 25, 2000.  He was also preceded in by six siblings, Alberta, Verner, Annabelle and William “Bill” Redding, Carolyn Pence and Lily Self.

He is survived by three children, Patrick Redding and his wife, Debbie, of New Holland, Melisa Ailing and her husband, Jeff, of Mount Sterling, Floyd E “Petey” Redding, Jr. and his fiancée, Michelle Campbell, of New Holland; three stepchildren, Charles M. “Jay” Sanderson of Florida,  Mark A. Sanderson of New Holland and Pamela Camp and her husband, Brian, of Washington Court House; ten grandchildren, Serena (Wesley) Huddleson, Patrick (Stephany) Redding, Brittany (Charles Parks) Redding, Tiffany Streitenberger, Leagh (Cody Knapp) Redding, Lexy Redding, Isiah Dunn, Tyler (Jessica) Strahler, Skyler (Kalila) Strahler and Hayden Ailing and Erica Wilson who was reared as a granddaughter; several great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; six siblings, Elizabeth Pence of New Holland,  Thelma Redding of Washington Court House, Clark (Susan) Redding of Atlanta, Sherman (Danna) Redding of New Holland, Lucretia (Clarence Lunsford) Bethel of Frankfort and Berniece (Larry) Perkins of Sedalia, brothers-in-law, Chuck Pence of Atlanta and Eddie Bethel of Chillicothe; a sister-in-law, Mary Redding of Kentucky and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 1 p.m. at the New Holland Church of Christ in Christian Union with Larry Doss, minister at the church, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Waterloo Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in New Holland.


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