Wiley Albert Redwood, Jr. was born on June 22, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. He transitioned to eternity on July 12, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas.
Wiley graduated from the last all-male class of Tilden Technical High School in June of 1964. He completed two years of junior college at Chicago Teacher's College and later enlisted in the United States Army on February 10, 1971. He was the proud recipient of the National Defense Service Medal. After four years of service to his country, he was honorably discharged on February 19, 1975.
Wiley went on to enjoy a longtime career at International Harvester, now Navistar. He served as Vice President of the local union in Chicago. After 26 years of dedicated service, he retired.
Affectionately regarded as "Red" by his friends and "Redwood" by his work associates, Wiley was an avid gardener and reader who loved to fish and dance. He was an acknowledged alcoholic who successfully fought the disease from July 2002 until his transition. His courageous fight will long be admired and respected.
Wiley will be fondly remembered for his frugality and thoughtfulness. His helpful, laser-focused ability and, most assuredly, friendly nature will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Laurelle Jay Redwood; father, Wiley Albert Redwood, Sr.; sister, Delores Diane Thomas; and brother, Gregory S. Washington. Those left to cherish precious memories include his children - Kenyetta, Dorian, Jerome, and Bryon; 13 grandchildren; sister, Jaynell; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear family and friends in Chicago, North Carolina, and Texas.
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