Jack Hamilton Redick, 90, passed away surrounded by his family Friday, March 13, 2020, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Virginia Beach.
Jack was born in October 1929 in Everett, Washington, to Dorothy and Percy Redick. He grew up in Wenatchee and Bellingham with his beloved older sister, Shirley.
When he was 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, a decision which shaped much of his life, taking him on sea duty throughout the Pacific. During that time, he sailed on the USS Rombach and the USS Fletcher, both World War II era destroyer escorts, and was eventually promoted to master chief petty officer, the highest enlisted rank in the U.S. Navy. After serving for 20 years, he was honorably discharged in 1967 and continued to work in other defense contractor positions in San Diego and then Hampton Roads.
Beyond his service to his country in the U.S. Navy, Jack was also devoted to his children. As a family, they lived in Maryland, California, Hawaii and Virginia, and shared many adventures: attending sporting events such as football, basketball and baseball games; long road trips, camping, water skiing; and Jack’s favorite activity, golfing.
Jack married Lucy Taylor June 22, 1974, and they shared adventures internationally as well as several cross-country road trips in their R.V., exploring the vast landscape of America together. He also pursued his passion for golf on courses throughout the world and had his “dream” retirement job as a golf marshal at Greenbriar Country Club in Chesapeake. Jack and Lucy retired together in Virginia Beach and spent many years close to their children, Chuck, Nancy, Sarah, Kip and Kim. They also loved seeing their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hosted an annual Christmas Eve family reunion at their home. Jack and Lucy also loved their church community at Sandbridge Community Chapel United Methodist Church where, as an extrovert who loved meeting people, he enjoyed serving as a door-greeter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Hamilton Redick and Percy Gladstone Redick; wife, Lucy Vaughan Taylor Redick; sister, Shirley Desmond; daughter, Nancy Taylor; and granddaughter, Kory Laurene Jones.
He is survived by his children, Kip Redick, and his wife, Sarah, Kim Forrest, and her husband, Mark, Sarah Taylor and Chuck Taylor. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kymberly Forrest Carr, and her husband, Paul, Caroline Redick, Caleb Redick, and his wife, Danae, Matt Jones; as well as four great-grandchildren, Quincy, Grady, Leaven and Kamryn.
In lieu of flowers, we would welcome a donation to the American Parkinson Disease Association.
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