On the morning of March 29th, our most beloved Richard Ralph Redding, affectionately known as "Spike", has passed away. He was born at Fort Lewis, Washington and died at his home in Cameron Park, California. He lived a long fulfilling life and accumulated a massive number of friends along the way. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, 2 sons, Matthew and Joshua, sister Ronie Dove (Tom), ex-wife Margaret Bergantz-Redding and many other extended family members, not to mention his dogs, Pringle, Lulu and Jax. Spike served a total of 14 years in the army, but his military training in nuclear power led to his career employment at SMUD as a nuclear technical instructor for 24 years. Spike was a member of numerous organizations, including a couple of motorcycle chapters, a bocce ball league, a member of the Order of Real-Bearded Santas, the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary docents, and was a volunteer with the Placerville CHP and was also previously a docent at the Sacramento State Capitol. He served as a board member of the Northern Calif Neuro Endocrine Board for at least 15 years, helping many others come to terms with a NET Carcinoid diagnosis. One of his many hobbies included jewelry making and he took, and helped to teach some classes at Folsom Lake college. He also enjoyed traveling, and he and Nancy were able to enjoy numerous trips. Nancy swore he was trying to off her, with their many extreme vacations. They survived diving with manta rays, bicycling down Mount Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, scuba diving and also river rafting for 4 days on the Rogue River, just to name a few of their daring adventures. They enjoyed many years of motorcycling and camping cross country in their small tear drop trailer. They also loved their many animal pets and, at one time, had only pot-bellied pigs, poodles and parrots. A memorial service with military honors will be held on April 23rd at 11:00 at Green Valley Mortuary 3004 Alexandrite Drive in Rescue, California. Streaming will also be available at the mortuary's website: greenvalleymortuary.com. Interment will follow at the Dixon Veteran's Cemetery at a later date.