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Donald Gene Reddick

March 20, 1928 – May 20, 2022

Donald Gene Reddick, 94, of Noblesville, passed away after an extended illness with family by his bedside, on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Five Star Residences of Noblesville.

He was born on March 20, 1928 to Clarence and Edna (Wills) Reddick in Boone County, Indiana.

Mr. Reddick graduated from Sheridan High School in 1946 and was a football manager during his high school years. He met his wife, Maxine Ella Rogers, in 1948; they married in 1950.

Mr. Reddick came from a family of 14 siblings, and being the 3rd child, and oldest son, required some responsibility. He had many jobs, some of which included bringing in coal for heating the coal stove, helping his parents with all the chores, and gathering corn in gunny sacks to sell at Mendenhall Grain Elevator in Sheridan for money for the coal.

He proudly and honorably served in the United States Navy during 1945-1946 with rank of Seaman 1st Class (SIC) working the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during some active duty in WWII.

Mr. Reddick humbly and proudly raised 5 daughters with a stern but gentle hand, often working two jobs to support the family.

He worked at Tiny Tot Diaper Service for 15 years, often taking daughters along as a treat to them during the summer to see “what Daddy did”, seeing the sights and having the rare pleasure of frequenting restaurants for breakfast and lunch. While employed there he survived a robbery while being tied up and threatened.

In 1966 he joined Allison’s of General Motors before retiring in the early 1990’s. He also moonlighted at Kinzers Marathon Station in Noblesville.

Mr. Reddick was always meticulous in everything he pursued, from mowing the lawn to cleaning the garage. There was never anyone or ever will be anyone more precise and particular with record keeping.

He volunteered many years with Senior Citizens of Noblesville, being the Vice President in 1998. Mr. Reddick spent many hours there volunteering his time and services, by doing some of his expert trades involving plumbing, electric wiring, and carpentry, free of charge. He also worked with their recycling department.

After retirement, he and his wife took many trips with “Top Notch Tours”, traveling through different states throughout the United States, including: Boys and Girls Town in Nebraska and Nashville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee, to name a few.

Mr. Reddick’s hobbies included master carpenter – he single handedly built 3 room additions and a 2 car garage onto his home, doing all the plumbing and electrical work. He also enjoyed the “CB Radio Days” under the handle of “Donald Duck”. He was always there when daughters/sons-in-law needed work done on their homes.

He has been a member of Calvary Baptist Church under the direction of Pastor Rick Bell for many years. Mr. Reddick also served as Deacon for many years before resigning his further services at the age of 86.

He valiantly and honorably took care of his loving wife, Maxine, during her precious and failing years, serving as primary care giver until requiring extensive help from family about 8 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Maxine Reddick; five daughters Pamela Brandenburg, Karen (Eddie) Doty, Lisa (Jim) Everitt, Teresa (Bob) Waugh and Tina (Gary) Owens; seven grandchildren Jason Sherrill, Nicole Green, Nathan Everitt, Natalie Spitler, Kelli Waugh, Eric Waugh and Derek Owens; 15 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren Taylor, Nixon and Rory Linger, Kyli and Alexi Buzan, Dylan, Christina, and Adeline Ogle, Angel, Zita, and Isaac Everitt, Conner, Kendall and Caden Green and Julian Spitler; five sisters Mary Rose, Marsella, Nancy Sue, Linda Lue and Beverly; and two brothers Bill and Richard. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Jill and Kevin Doty; parents-in-law Paul and Cecil Rogers; six brothers and sisters Virginia, Phyllis, Alonzo, Carroll, Wayne, and Larry; and beloved dog, Bugsy.

Services are scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan Street in Noblesville, with the Rev. Richard D. Bell officiating. Visitation is scheduled to be from 1 p.m. to the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hydrocephalus Association, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 905, Bethesda, MD 20814-4447, https://secure2.convio.net/hydro/site/Donation2?df_id=3740&3740.donation=form1 or the Humane Society for Hamilton County, 10501 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038, www.hamiltonhumane.com

Online condolences may be made at www.randallroberts.com.