James Karcher Redding, 85, forklift salesman

November 26, 2003

James Karcher Redding, a retired forklift salesman and college computer instructor, died of respiratory failure Thursday at a nursing home in Kennett Square, Pa. The former Towson resident was 85.

Mr. Redding, who moved to Kennett Square this year, was born in Philadelphia and raised in Jenkintown, Pa. After graduating from Abington High School there, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University.

He was a resident of Severna Park from 1959 to 1970, when he settled in Towson. He was a forklift salesman for Eaton, Yale & Towne Inc. and Maryland Clarklift Inc. before retiring in 1983.

Mr. Redding then earned an associate's degree in computer science from Essex Community College, where he later taught computer classes.

He also earned his pilot's license and enjoyed flying. An accomplished woodworker, he liked making furniture reproductions.

He was a former elder and member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. At his death, he was a member of Babcock Presbyterian Church in Towson.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Jane Renninger of West Chester, Pa.; three daughters, Evie E. Redding of Annapolis, Darthea R. Olander of Glencoe and Katherine A. Snyder of West Chester; a brother, Andrew C. Redding of Lancaster, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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