Richard Lewis Redfern MD of Albion passed away suddenly from a heart attack on February 19, 2014. Rick was born in Eugene, Oregon on November 21, 1935. His parents were Louie Redfern and Sibyl Redfern, and he had a brother, Roger Redfern. He is survived by his son Brett Redfern, daughter Summer Rexrode, Elaine Kirkpatrick and his grandchildren Darren Rexrode and John Rexrode.
Rick was a well respected Radiologist, a generous and involved member of his community and a loving and dedicated father. He opened his home and heart to so many people throughout the years. Rick loved music and hosting musicians as he had 120 bands, some dozens of times, stay in and enjoy his home, hot tub and hospitality. Many lifelong friendships were created. He loved to read, garden, dance, travel to warm places and relax in his hot tub with friends and family. Rick was a do it yourselfer, and could fix anything on his old homestead property. He also built several structures including a large Redwood barn.
After graduating from University of Oregon Medical School in 1961, Rick moved to the Bay Area. He was an intern at Oakland's Highland Hospital, and a resident at UCSF San Francisco Hospital and Veterans Administration Hospital until 1966. He then became a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps until 1969 when he took a yearlong sabbatical to Europe. Upon returning, Rick worked at Redwood Radiologists in Santa Rosa until 1972, the year he moved to Albion and started raising a family. Rick worked at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital in Fort Bragg for nearly 30 years. He then worked locum tenens for several physicians, hospitals and medical facilities throughout northern California. He always kept up with the latest advancements in his field. Rick never really retired because he enjoyed what he did. He was a true small town doctor who loved to help people.
Rick was kind, gentle, funny, witty and very knowledgeable; the kind of person you want to ask advice and learn from. Loved by so many in this community and far beyond, he will be greatly missed, especially by his family and extended family.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Rick Redfern starting at 2pm on Saturday Aug. 9th, 2014 at the Caspar Community Center. It is a potluck so please bring a dish to share and/or pizza toppings. There will be live music to dance to.