Lewis Redding departed this life 9:45 Thursday night November 13, 1919, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Olive Ballentine, in the California apartments, Long Beach, California, following three weeks of sickness and intense suffering, the immediate cause of death being due to stomach and kidney trouble, complicated by ailments of long standing, usually attendant upon one of his ripe age.
“Grandpa” Redding, as he was best known to all acquaintances, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 13, 1837, and was 82 years and 11 months of age at the time of his demise. He was the last member of a family of six children, Henry, William C., David J., Melissa, Matilda, and an infant girl, all of whom preceded him in death. His father was drowned when Lewis was a small boy, and his mother died about fifty years ago.
Most of the years after attaining an age when he could look out for himself he spent in Illinois, and lived in this city for upwards of thirty-five years. He was married in 1861 to Cynthia Ann Walling, who preceded him in death Jan. 15, 1894. From this union six children were born–three boys and three girls–Mrs. Lillie D. Polley, Wyoming, Ill.; Olive C. Ballentine, Kewanee, Ill.; Milan A. Redding, Berkeley, Calif.; William J. Redding, Daly City, Calif.; Lonie [sic] Carl Redding, Peoria, Ill..; and Alice H. Redding, all of whom, excepting the latter, survive to mourn the loss of a kind, thoughtful, loving and tender father. He was a good Christian man, and had been a faithful member of the Methodist church from childhood. Ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren will also miss his tender love and honest solicitation, for he found great pleasure in being near them.
A brief funeral service was held in the Cleveland undertaking parlors at Long Beach Friday evening, conducted by J. W. Neely, pastor of Grace M. E. church, which was attended by about twenty of the near relatives and friends. On Saturday morning the remains, accompanied by Glenn Ballentine, grandson of the deceased, were shipped to Wyoming, and funeral services were held at two o’clock this afternoon at the M. E. church in this city, conducted by Rev. A. H. Coleman, a former pastor. The body was laid to rest beside that of his wife, in the Wyoming Cemetery.
Source: Wyoming Post-Herald, November 19, 1919.