PROSSER, Wash. – Lawrence James Redman, 75, of Prosser, Wash., entered into rest Sunday, March 28, 2010, at Prosser Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 28, 1934, in Polson to Walter and Carnolia (Craft) Redman. He was raised in Boulder and worked as a ranch hand, where he farmed, raised and branded cattle, broke horses and later worked in logging.
After serving in the Korean War with the U.S. Army, he returned to Montana and worked in the sawmills in Seeley Lake and in the recycling business. In the late 1960s, Lawrence went to the Western College of Auctioneering in Billings. He worked as an auctioneer in Rathdrum, Idaho, and also, after moving to Washington in 1975, in Finley, Yakima and Prosser. He was awarded the 1980-1981 State Bid Calling Championship at the Washington State Auctioneering Association Convention.
Lawrence married Carole Hannah in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Aug. 16, 1976. The couple lived in Yakima, Wash., for a few years and raced thoroughbreds at Yakima Meadows and also worked there, horseshoeing and ponying horses up to the gate. They moved to Prosser in 1998 and, after illness forced Lawrence to retire from auctioneering, have owned and operated a secondhand store for the last five years.
Lawrence loved talking to people and made many friends. He also had a great sense of humor and provided his wife and family with a life full of adventure.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carole of Prosser; eight children, Larry Redman (Judy) of Polson, Pat Redman (Korene) of Kennewick, Wash., Mary (Dave) Bush of Pasco, Wash., Gary Redman (Marie) of St. Ignatius, Clyde Redman (Karen Walker) of Irrigon, Ore., Laura Redman of Sumner, Wash., Evelyn (Scott) Larimer of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and John Redman (Sherry) of Locust Grove, Ga.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Lyle Redman (Clara); three sisters, Dot (Pete) Hathaway, Cletta (Terry) Pickens and Annie Watson; and brother-in-law, Carl Ask, all of Montana; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Preston and Billy Redman; and three sisters, Evelyn Redman, Violet Ask and Margie Elinisky and her husband Dick.
Life celebration services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation or American Cancer Society c/o Prosser Funeral Home & Crematory.