Alfred ‘Max’ Redden - June 23, 2011
Alfred “Max” Redden, 86, of North Platte, Neb., died Friday, June 17, 2011, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.
Max was born April 8, 1925, southwest of Champion, Neb., in Chase County, the 13th child to Austin Earl and Mary Elizabeth Mosher Redden, who homesteaded north of Wauneta, Neb., in Chase County.
His parents later homesteaded southwest of Champion. Max’s siblings were five older brothers, seven older sisters and one younger brother.
Max spent his boyhood days helping on the family farm and exploring the sand hills of southwest Chase and Dundy Counties.
Following his older brother’s example to serve their country. Max entered the U.S. Army enlisting in Denver, Colo., Max served in W.W. II stationed in India.
When returning to the states, Max married his young sweetheart, Leota Marie Tucker on March 17, 1949. To this union came six children—four sons and two daughters.
Making Nebraska their home, Max and his family lived in various towns. Max was employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad as a signal maintainer. Employment includes several years at the Grant Grain Elevator.
He sheared sheep for many families throughout the Perkins, Chase, Hitchcock, Dundy and Hayes Counties of Nebraska, Yuma and Phillip Counties of Colorado and the Dakota states. Many 4-H’ers and other young people enjoyed demonstrations of sheep shearing techniques which Max truly enjoyed. Later in life Max was a carpenter.
In 1990 Max traveled to Rhode Island to pursue courtship with Mary Norma Lamphiere soon marrying on April 8, 1991. To this union came five step children; five step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren. They made their home near Imperial, Neb., until coming to North Platte in 2006 where they resided at the Oak Manor Apts.
From early in life Max enjoyed many hobbies including hunting and fishing, beekeeping, square dancing, playing cards, gardening and was an exceptional outdoors man.
Max is survived by his wife, Mary Norma Redden, of North Platte, Neb.; his sons, Alfred L. and wife, Sharon, of North Platte, Neb., Jimmie D. and wife, Robin, of North Platte, Neb., Carl A. of Sutherland, Neb., and Fredrick L. of North Platte, Neb.; his daughter, Bessie M. and husband, Philip H. Woodard of Kansas City, Mo.; and son-in-law, Steve Hinmann, of Cozad, Neb.; his stepsons, Ralph Lamphiere, Wayne and wife, Sue Lamphiere, all of Rhode Island and Stephen Fury of North Carolina; his stepdaughters, Wanda and husband, David Cinquegrana, and Carol Seungio, all of Rhode Island; brothers, Herman K. Redden of Fort Dodge, Kan. and Pat D. Redden and wife, Berniece, of Palisade, Neb.; sister-in-law, Bess Redden; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Max was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry M, Oscar Raymond, Austin Earl, Peter James; sisters, Ida Amelia, Mary Gladus, Annie Rose, Jessie Minnie, Bessie Cloe, Olie May and Mattie Lydia; and daughter, Mary Ella Hinmann.
Max’s children want to honor their Father, especially this first Father’s Day without Dad. We are grateful for all the loving care, whippings and life’s lessons taught at our Father’s knee.
Graveside memorial service with military honors will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Fort McPherson National Cemetery south of Maxwell, Neb., with Pastor Francis Baker officiating.
Cremation was chosen.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial.
Online condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com with Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore in North Platte, Neb. in charge of arrangements.