Donald W. Reddish “Donnie Bill”


Donald William Reddish “Donnie Bill”, 76, of Russellville, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 26, 1942 in Crawfordsville to the late William R. and Frances Evelyn (Rice) Reddish.  He was first married to Frances Oberring. He then married Karen E. (Wilson) Reddish on March 9, 1984 in Crawfordsville. She survives.

Donnie Bill was a 1960 graduate of George Washington High School. He worked at RR Donnelley from 1962 until retirement in 2005. Upon retirement he managed the Turkey Run Golf Course for several years. He was the president of the Russellville Town Council, a member of the Masonic Lodge, where he was the Lodge Master in 1978, and also a member of Russellville Community Christian Church.  He enjoyed playing poker, golf, softball, and bowling. He is fondly remembered as always telling jokes and making people laugh.  Donnie Bill’s family meant everything to him and he loved to spend time with them.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, of Russellville, children, Cynthia Kelsey, Ladoga; Mary (Richard) Watt, Crawfordsville; step children, Nancy (Gregory) West, Russellville; Lynn (Scott) Davidson, Crawfordsville; Bob Jones (Stephanie St. Clair), Crawfordsville; Mike Jones (Hope Record), Crawfordsville; fifteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, siblings, Mary (Ralph) Bruin, Guion; Kathryn (Danny) Marshall, Crawfordville; Carolyn (Daryl) Fullen, Brownsburg, and seventeen nieces and nephews.

Donnie Bill was preceded in death by, his parents, first wife, Frances Oberring, brothers, Jim and John Reddish, sister, Lois Cloncs, and daughter, Diana Brewer.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, October 7, 2019, at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home, 301 E. Green Street, Waveland, IN 47989, with Pastor Alan Small officiating. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery. Friends are welcome to gather for a time of visitation at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until time of service on Monday.

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11 thoughts on “Donald W. Reddish “Donnie Bill”

  • James O. McLaughlin

    To family of Donnie Bill,
    GOD encourages us to reach beyond where we have been to where we’re yet to be. Donnie Bill was a special person. One you could call a friend. Could make you laugh yet always there to encourage and help if needed. So sorry to hear of his passing and want you to know you’re in my thoughts and prayers for peace, strength and healing of broken hearts. You have my condolences.
    GOD BLESS,
    Love and Light,
    James O. McLaughlin

  • Jim Barker

    I worked with Donnie Bill at Donnelley’s. He was a great guy who kept us laughing with his jokes. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time.

  • Sean MacNorton

    I’ve been playing poker with Donnie Bill for the last 6 years. Since I’m currently an RRD employee, he always asked how work was going and what was new there. He was always the first person to say hi to me when I got to the poker game. Win or lose, I always enjoyed playing cards with him and the poker table won’t be as fun as it was before.