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Richard W. Ridge
OhioState Richard W. Ridge, 79, of Richwood died Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a 3-month battle with cancer.  He was born May 6, 1927 in Marion to the late Hugh J. and Tenah (Emans) Ridge.

He was retired from the O. M. Scotts Company, as well as a retired farmer.  More recently he had worked with Laidlaw as a bus monitor for the preschoolers.  He was a member of the Claibourne United Methodist Church, where he had taught Sunday school for many years and had previously served as president of its board of trustees.  He was a former president of the Richwood Community Apartments/Civic Center board, member of Mt. Carmel #303 F&AM and Valley of Columbus Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.  He was an avid Buckeye fan who was proud of the fact that several of his children and grandchildren had graduated from or were attending The Ohio State University.  He was also a past well-known arts and crafts woodworker.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly (Livingston) Ridge; son Richard J. (Sandy) Ridge, Richwood and their children, Shelley, Marysville, Erin (Chris) Patton, Richwood, Lance, Richwood, Ashley, Columbus, and Logan, Richwood; son Roger James Ridge, Kirkwood, Missouri and his children, Carmen (Rodney) Lewis, Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Eric Richard Ridge, Kirkwood, MO; son Randy J. (Sherry) Ridge, Delaware and their children, Angela (Mike) Landon, Marion, Matthew, Delaware, Bryan, Delaware, Sara, Columbus, and Chase and Cody at home; daughter, Tenah (Scott) McMahan, Somersville and their children Michael, Morgan and Maggie, all at home; great-grandchildren, Adam & Emily Landon and Nehemiah Lewis;  sisters, Willela Sanchez, Tucson, AZ; Carol Mae Oberdier, rural Richwood;  brothers, Paul Ridge, London; and twin brother Ralph W. Ridge, rural Richwood and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by brothers Park, Dwight and Hugh Jr.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. in the Claibourne United Methodist Church with Pastors James Ryhal and Dan Grose officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM on Friday at the Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richwood Civic Center, 235 Grove St., Richwood, OH  43344.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.

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#1 from: Rebekah
Wed, Apr 11, 2007 at 3:33 PM

Dear Ridge Family,
I am so sorry for your loss,
One of the things that helps me to cope with the loss of someone I love is what the Bible says at John 5:28,29 and Reve 21:4.
Once again I am very sorry for your loss.


#2 from: M.J. Knapp Insurance Agency Inc.
Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 2:18 PM

We're SO very sorry for your loss. Three out of the four of us here in our office have been touched by cancer in some awful way.  Please know we're thinking of you Bev, and your family. God bless you and lift you in your sorrow. Tomorrow is another day...

#3 from: Rev. Dr. R.Dirk Cheney & Gina North
173 Beatty Ave. Richwood
Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 11:30 PM

Please accept our most heartfelt condolences upon your great loss. A sadness fills all our hearts at this time.

#4 from: Suzanne Patterson
Richwood Civic Center
Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 1:40 PM

Dick was the rock that became my foundation at the Civic Center. He always made himself available - with a kind word, helping hand and strong leadership.
In our ongoing projects for the Center, Dick was a "Man on a Mission" and would always see them through to the end.
He always made you feel at ease in his presence and ready to laugh at a moment's notice.
What a guy! What a great friend.

#5 from: Ann Davis
Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Beverly, Randy, Tenah, Rick, Roger and families,

My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your husband and dad.  I always enjoyed Dick's great sense of humor.  He truly cared about his family.  You are all in my thoughts and my prayers.

With sympathy,
Ann Davis

#6 from: Don & Julie Thogmartin
Galion, OH 44833
Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Beverly, Rick, Roger, Randy, Tenah and families,

We were so sad to see the loss of your husband and father.  Our thoughts and prayers of support are with each of you during the coming days, months, and years.  Your dad will be missed by one and all.

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