Monday, April 27, 2009

A Redus Cousin Passes Away

It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the passing of John Clement Redus, Jr. on April 21 in San Antonio. John's funeral was Saturday (April 25). To all of John's family and friends, especially to his brother George Redus, please accept our deepest sincere sympathy.


John Clement Redus, Jr. died on April 21, at the age of 93. He was born on a farm south of Devine, Texas on Nov. 7, 1915, the second of John C. Sr., and Hazel Redus' fourteen children. He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings. John C. is survived by Edwina, his wife of 63 years, daughter Elizabeth Newell and her husband Chuck, grandsons, Patrick Newell and Timothy Newell, brothers, Bill Redus, George Redus and wife Kay, Clifford Redus and wife, Lorene, Allen Ray Redus and wife Sonia, and by sister, Mildred Brooks. Also surviving are sister-in-laws Loretta Redus and Jean Redus, brother-in-law Robert Brantly and wife Betty, and by many nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Devine High School in 1933, John C. moved to San Antonio, where he worked for many years at Central Distributing Co. When World War II broke out, he joined the Army Air Corp, serving for 4 years, three of which were overseas in the Pacific. John C. was a member of the Kum Dubl Class at Travis Park United Methodist Church for 50 years. He spent the last ten years in the Believer's Class at Laurel Heights Methodist. John C. was a devoted husband, a kind and loving father and a proud grandfather. The other loves of his life were Texas Longhorn football, his backyard garden, and his ever-present camera. He was always eager to plan another trip to Europe. An avid reader, he preferred military and political history, and loved keeping up with current events. He always saw the best in every person and made friends to the end. He was kind and generous, unpretentious and steadfast. He was devoted to his many brothers and sisters and looked forward with great anticipation to the annual Redus Reunion, where many childhood memories where shared with relish. He will be sadly missed this year, and in all the years to come.

Hook'em Horns John