John Joseph Redmond
A funeral service for John Joseph Redmond, fondly known as “Pop” or “Joe”, age 79 of Thornville, formerly of Sour Lake, Texas, near Beaumont, was held on June 9, 2012, at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service where Military Honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
Joe passed away on June 6, 2012, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center. He was born November 8, 1932, in Huntington, WV, to the late Charles Edward and Nancy (Verlander) Redmond.
Joe was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and faithfully served his country during the Korean Conflict. This generation of his family served a combined 132 years in the Marines. Joe moved to Columbus, in 1947. He graduated from Aquinas College High School in 1951 and attended Lamar University. Joe owned PM Body Shop in Columbus. In 1980, he moved to Texas and was an auto body and paint repair instructor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Joe enjoyed NASCAR and had been a Midget racecar driver. He was an avid reader and was in the process of writing a book. He was always ready with a good joke and loved to play cards (he also cheated).
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Bever-McManus) Redmond; four children, Russell (Becky) Redmond of Hendrix, Oklahoma, Valerie Redmond of Simonton, Texas, Lori (Mark) Thompson of Sugar Land, Texas and Charles (Trisha) Redmond of Sour Lake, Texas; step-son, Dennis (Brenda) McManus of Heath; step-daughter, Margaret “Peggy” McManus of Newark; sixteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Nancy Jane Gulley of California, Mary Margaret Pesterfield of Phoenix, Arizona and Annie (Ben) Bennafatti of Alabama; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Sue (Ankrom) Redmond; and two brothers, Patrick and James Redmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association .
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