John August Redinger

John August Redinger

John August Redinger, 95, passed away May 2nd, 2019, at home with family.

John was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lived with his parents Michael and Frieda Redinger until he was 3 years old. His family then relocated to Oakland, California, where John grew up and spent most of his life.

At the age of 17, he decided to leave high school to join the Merchant Marines. He served with the Merchant Marines for 3 years, before being honorably discharged and drafted to the Army, where he served as a cook during World War II.

After serving in the Army, John returned to California, where he married Marilyn Allen. The two were happily married for 59 years. Here, he also began his 40-year career as a truck driver. He started by hauling cars, and after six years began driving truck for Consolidated Freightways, Teamster’s Union, Local 287. In 1983 he retired from Consolidated Freightways after 34 years, and he and Marilyn moved to North Idaho.

John always loved cars. He was known around Priest River and Newport for his antique cars, the most recognizable being his 1929 Model A Woody Wagon. You could always spot him at parades and car shows, sharing his passion for cars with others. He was a part of both the Model T and Model A Clubs. John always had a smile on his face and made a friend out of everyone he met.

John leaves behind his brother, Raymond Redinger, son and daughter-in-law, John and Kathy Redinger, son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Gina Redinger, seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Frieda, his sisters, Lillian and Evelyn, his brothers, Leonard, Paul, and Henry, his wife, Marilyn, and his grandson, Royce.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 17th, at the Sherman-Campbell Funeral Home in Priest River. Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services
PO Box 809 Newport, WA. 99156
Phone: 509-447-3118 Fax: 509-447-3247