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Western Slope Obituaries 8-22-11

Thomas William Redden, 86, lifelong resident of Gunnison, Colo., passed away August 1, 2011 peacefully at home.

He was born April 5, 1925 to William and Agnes Redden.

The Reddens are a pioneer family in Gunnison County, Colo., moving here in the late 1800s. Tom was the third generation to reside in Gunnison County, Colo. He spent the majority of his youth on the ranch homesteaded by his parents on the Taylor River. It is now know as the Wilder on the Taylor housing development. Later the family moved to the Redden Ranch on Ohio Creek, which is still owned and operated by Brett Redden and Wendy Redden Hanson.

Tom purchased the Flying E Ranch, north of Gunnison, Colo., prior to his marriage to LeOna in 1951. He was an active member of IOOF since 1943, serving as IOOF Colorado Grand Master from 1980-81. Tom visited his home lodge, Gunnison No. 39, on its 100th anniversary while serving in this position. He was Past Grand Patriarch for Colorado IOOF from 2006-2007. He received the highest honor of Odd Fellowship, the Decoration of Chivalry, in 1979. Tom also was a life member of Elks Lodge No. 1647 and held various positions.

He was an avid bowler and bowled through his 85th year. Tom was very active in his community, including serving on the Gunnison Cemetery Board for 40 years. He was a member of the Gunnison County Soil Conservation District Board, a member of the Cattlemen’s Days Committee and served as parade chairman for the past 20 years. Tom and LeOna were parade marshals in 2004. They were also honored this year at Cattlemen’s Days as 2011 Citizens of the Valley for their dedication and ongoing commitment to Cattlemen’s Days events.

Tom loved children and played Santa Claus for the past 20 years at community social events. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

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He is survived by his wife of 60 years, LeOna; four children Mary (Jim) Boyd, Ruth (Larry) Hoskins, Bill (Sherry) Redden, and Lenna (Mark) Drummond; brother Paul; sister Margaret; grandchildren Jennifer Everson Lauritzen, Jaime Drummond Ferrell, and Kalif, Zeb and Scott Redden; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Wilbur and wife, Alice; and grandson Thomas Everson.

Memorial services will be held August 27, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 123 S. Main., Gunnison, Colo.

Thomas William Redden, 86, lifelong resident of Gunnison, Colo., passed away August 1, 2011 peacefully at home.

He was born April 5, 1925 to William and Agnes Redden.

The Reddens are a pioneer family in Gunnison County, Colo., moving here in the late 1800s. Tom was the third generation to reside in Gunnison County, Colo. He spent the majority of his youth on the ranch homesteaded by his parents on the Taylor River. It is now know as the Wilder on the Taylor housing development. Later the family moved to the Redden Ranch on Ohio Creek, which is still owned and operated by Brett Redden and Wendy Redden Hanson.

Tom purchased the Flying E Ranch, north of Gunnison, Colo., prior to his marriage to LeOna in 1951. He was an active member of IOOF since 1943, serving as IOOF Colorado Grand Master from 1980-81. Tom visited his home lodge, Gunnison No. 39, on its 100th anniversary while serving in this position. He was Past Grand Patriarch for Colorado IOOF from 2006-2007. He received the highest honor of Odd Fellowship, the Decoration of Chivalry, in 1979. Tom also was a life member of Elks Lodge No. 1647 and held various positions.

He was an avid bowler and bowled through his 85th year. Tom was very active in his community, including serving on the Gunnison Cemetery Board for 40 years. He was a member of the Gunnison County Soil Conservation District Board, a member of the Cattlemen’s Days Committee and served as parade chairman for the past 20 years. Tom and LeOna were parade marshals in 2004. They were also honored this year at Cattlemen’s Days as 2011 Citizens of the Valley for their dedication and ongoing commitment to Cattlemen’s Days events.

Tom loved children and played Santa Claus for the past 20 years at community social events. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, LeOna; four children Mary (Jim) Boyd, Ruth (Larry) Hoskins, Bill (Sherry) Redden, and Lenna (Mark) Drummond; brother Paul; sister Margaret; grandchildren Jennifer Everson Lauritzen, Jaime Drummond Ferrell, and Kalif, Zeb and Scott Redden; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Wilbur and wife, Alice; and grandson Thomas Everson.

Memorial services will be held August 27, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 123 S. Main., Gunnison, Colo.

Thomas William Redden, 86, lifelong resident of Gunnison, Colo., passed away August 1, 2011 peacefully at home.

He was born April 5, 1925 to William and Agnes Redden.

The Reddens are a pioneer family in Gunnison County, Colo., moving here in the late 1800s. Tom was the third generation to reside in Gunnison County, Colo. He spent the majority of his youth on the ranch homesteaded by his parents on the Taylor River. It is now know as the Wilder on the Taylor housing development. Later the family moved to the Redden Ranch on Ohio Creek, which is still owned and operated by Brett Redden and Wendy Redden Hanson.

Tom purchased the Flying E Ranch, north of Gunnison, Colo., prior to his marriage to LeOna in 1951. He was an active member of IOOF since 1943, serving as IOOF Colorado Grand Master from 1980-81. Tom visited his home lodge, Gunnison No. 39, on its 100th anniversary while serving in this position. He was Past Grand Patriarch for Colorado IOOF from 2006-2007. He received the highest honor of Odd Fellowship, the Decoration of Chivalry, in 1979. Tom also was a life member of Elks Lodge No. 1647 and held various positions.

He was an avid bowler and bowled through his 85th year. Tom was very active in his community, including serving on the Gunnison Cemetery Board for 40 years. He was a member of the Gunnison County Soil Conservation District Board, a member of the Cattlemen’s Days Committee and served as parade chairman for the past 20 years. Tom and LeOna were parade marshals in 2004. They were also honored this year at Cattlemen’s Days as 2011 Citizens of the Valley for their dedication and ongoing commitment to Cattlemen’s Days events.

Tom loved children and played Santa Claus for the past 20 years at community social events. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, LeOna; four children Mary (Jim) Boyd, Ruth (Larry) Hoskins, Bill (Sherry) Redden, and Lenna (Mark) Drummond; brother Paul; sister Margaret; grandchildren Jennifer Everson Lauritzen, Jaime Drummond Ferrell, and Kalif, Zeb and Scott Redden; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Wilbur and wife, Alice; and grandson Thomas Everson.

Memorial services will be held August 27, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 123 S. Main., Gunnison, Colo.