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Marion O. Redstone

Obituary for Marion O. Redstone

July 16, 1940 - September 7, 2017
Cicero, Indiana | Age 77

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Marion O. Redstone, attorney, chef, writer, thinker, singer, and father, died on September 7, 2017. He is survived by his six children, Kimberly Hopkins, Valerie (Dana) Nichols, James E. (Janet) Redstone, Penelope (Joe) Patton, Rebecca Scott, and Victoria (Barry) Calhoon; 24 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Wanda (John) Taylor, James W. Redstone, Gary Olinghouse and Steve Olinghouse. He was preceded in death by 2 grandsons. A celebration of Marion's life will be on September 23, 2017, at Hinkle Creek Elementary, 595 S. Harbour Dr., Noblesville, IN, at 11 a.m., with visitation occurring immediately before from 9-11 a.m. Marion will be remembered for his humor and wit, culinary skills, singing voice and big heart.

Ten years ago, Marion wrote:

Upon My Death
Beloved, Please don't mourn my death any more than necessary. Look at my life! It was tumultuous: full of sorrow at times; full of joy at others. I got to have six children, all of whom within two days of this writing have said "I love you" to me without prompting. I am at peace with the two mothers (Jane and Pat) of my children and also with my third ex-wife, Catherine whose son, Matt, I consider my seventh child. In my young adulthood, I was able to invent a way to detect naturally fermented Cephalosporin C in complex mixtures. This led to quicker development of Keflin at Eli Lilly & Co. Later I was allowed to be the lead user in development of a production inventory control system, with the acronym ABIS, (pronounced abyss) that changed the way Lilly did business. After law school, I was allowed to smith words for a living, helping hundreds meet their objectives in life. I left Scouting a better place populated by literally hundreds of Woodbadge men and a handful of women who learned how to better teach the campcrafts and joy of Scouting to Boys. I left literally hundreds of men and women from Alcoholics Anonymous smiling at times with my reminder that "I'm just an alcoholic, my problem is Marion." I was able to guide a few souls, including my own, through the labyrinth of the Twelve Steps. I contributed to the body of literature about recovery from alcoholism. I cooked for hundreds at North United Methodist Church with the help of many unsung heroes. I sang praises to a God who continued to evolve in my understanding. Christ was a continuing presence in my life and I trust is also present in it right now as well. Of course I have no idea exactly how I actually died, but on April 16, 1980 I headed that way and it was neither scary nor painful. So, please my dear ones do not grieve. I wrote, I taught, I laughed, I sang, I cooked, I invented, I repaired, I restored, I loved with abandon and Joy; I was loved. What a life I have lived in the greatest nation in history! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Amen.

In lieu of flowers, please see contribution request. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 444 South Harbour Dr., Noblesville, IN 46062, phone (317) 773-6157, or in the form of a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Riley Cheer Guild, or via Go Fund Me "For Marion's Life Celebration" at https://www.gofundme.com/4fpiz80 .

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