Leether Thomas Redmon 1912 - 2012
Leether Thomas Redmon died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig following a short illness with his family by his side.
Leether was born Oct. 22, 1912, to Ada Irene Hindman and William Henry Redmon on his mother’s homestead. He was born in a log cabin with midwife Mrs. Rhodes attending.
His parents were some of the first pioneers in the valley and homesteaded in 1904. Their homestead was the first dry land homestead in the lower Elkhead vicinity, which was in Routt County at that time. He was raised and went to school in that area northeast of Craig.
He married Catherine Durnell on June 16, 1934, in Vernal, Utah. They divorced in 1937. He then married Velta Jones-Harris on May 31, 1941. She died March 30, 1975, following a long illness. On Aug. 17, 1975, Leether married longtime friend Louise Mansfield. They enjoyed 23 years of marriage before she died Aug. 1, 1998.
Leether lived on and worked the farm until he sold it in 1955 and went into the John Deere Implement business. He was the John Deere dealer in Craig for more than 15 years and built a good customer base. He won the Golden Tractor trophy award in 1961 for his outstanding salesman’s skills and earned two all-expense trips to Bermuda from John Deere. He sold the business to Mike Willems in 1970 and then did custom haying for five years. He retired from haying in 1975.
After he and Louise were married, they moved to Clifton, where they lived in the summers and spent winters in Yuma, Ariz. In all, Leether spent 32 winters in Yuma, where he enjoyed the warm winter weather playing golf and bowling until he was well into his 90s. He won a gold medal for bowling and two silver medals playing pool in the Senior Olympia games in Yuma. He moved back to Craig in 2008 where he lived until his death.
Leether is survived by a son, Don (Lottie) Redmon, of Clifton; stepdaughter Jerrie Simpson; stepson Charles (Beth) Mansfield, of Crai; 26 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren and one great- great-great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ray Redmon; sister Bertha Mack; stepsons Clemen Dale, Bill, James, Jackie, and Richard Mansfield; and grandchildren Diana LeCompte, Janine Simpson and Terry Mansfield.
Internment will be at Craig Cemetery. No services will be held but a celebration of his life will take place later in the spring.