Dr. Richard Redding had a gentle, kind nature, a good sense of humor and a deep intellect, his children said.
“He was unafraid to question conventional thinking and encouraged us to do the same,” said his daughter, Elaine Kolb. “He wanted us to think for ourselves. He recognized the individual natures of each of his children and encouraged and supported our separate interests.”
Dr. Richard Redding, 92, of Crown Point, died July 11. He practiced dentistry in Crown Point from the 1950s until he retired in the 1980s. He had been on faculty at Northwestern University, where he also earned his bachelor’s and dental degrees.
He was involved in several community organizations and served as a Sunday school teacher for First United Methodist Church of Crown Point.
“He very much enjoyed leading and participating in Sunday school classes for adults and children,” said his daughter, Lauren Weed. “Dad found evidence of God in nature.”
He served in the Navy during World War II and was a dentist for the Navy during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Redding, in 2003.
The couple were true partners who loved and respected each other, their children said.
“They lived their marriage vows,” Kolb said. “Their mutual goal was raising a family. They were devoted to each other, and to their children.”
Dr. Redding never took himself too seriously, his children said, and enjoyed dressing up as “Super Dentist” at Halloween or playing “sea monster” in the pool.
He valued honesty and family and had an unconditional and eternal love for his family.
His son, Rich Redding, said he considered his father his best friend.
“He would want to be remembered as a very good, compassionate man who loved his family,” Kolb said.