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Roland Duke Ridgeway Jr.
Roland Duke Ridgeway Jr.WelderRoland Duke Ridgeway, Jr., 67 of Richwood, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Kobacker House in Columbus.  He was born June 28, 1946 in Kenton to the late Roland Duke Sr. and Anna (Reese) Ridgeway.

He was a 1964 graduate of Richwood High School.  A friend to all in the Richwood area, Duke was the 40 year owner of Ridgeway Trailers just outside of the village on State Route 47.  A racer at heart, Duke was a big supporter of the Richwood area Gibson family racing ventures through the years.  He saw many checkered flags with Jeff Gibson at the wheel of his 305 open wheel Sprint Car. Ridgeway actually started racing a 55 Chevrolet at Shady Bowl Speedway in the Hobby Stock, in the late 60s and early 70s, out of his garage on Franklin Street.  From there, he started his privately owned business, putting his brand and trailers in many locations throughout the land.  A welder at heart, there was nothing Duke could not do or figure out how to do.

He is survived by a son, Roland Todd Ridgeway, Marion; a grandson, Matthew Roland Ridgeway, Mt. Gilead; a brother, Rodney Ridgeway, Marion; and his long time companion and soul mate, Esther Gilbert, Richwood.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Bill Wasserbeck officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 PM at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to North Union Athletic Boosters, 401 North Franklin Street, Richwood, OH  43344.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com


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#1 from: Tracy & Dawn Kavanagh
Richwood, Ohio, USA
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

We're so sorry to hear of Duke's passing.  Esther, and the family, you'll be in our prayers.



#2 from: Valerie and Fred Parker
Cleveland, TN
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Sorry to hear of Duke's passing. He will be missed. My condolences to his Family and Ester.



#3 from: Sue Mann
Petersburg, Mi
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Duke.  He was an under classmate of mine and very well liked, but my youngest daughter was named after his mother, Anna.  I worked with her at the bank years ago.  She was so very proud of all of Duke's accomplishments.  Your family is in my prayers.



#4 from: Dave Amstutz
Sitting in my chair at home.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I am sure going to miss Duke, not only for our early morning coffee sessions, but as a friend. If I had a problem he would always try to help with his "special" advise. If I needed something welded up properly, no problem. We decided to make Subway our main office. We never said "Good By",  It was always "See Ya Later"



#5 from: Nancy Pacha
Delaware, Oh.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

To the family of Duke,
Please acccept our sympathy for your loss.Duke
will always be a part of Richwood as he was always around town and Knew everyone.Please know
you are in our thoughts and prayers.
                            God Bless!
                            Nancy Pacha
                            Virgil Hoffman



#6 from: WAYNE H. BOYD
 
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

DUKE WAS A CLASS MATE OF MINE. I WOULD SOME TIMES JUST DROP IN TO SEE HOW THINGS WERE GOING. IF I NEEDED SOME THING WELDED HE TAKE CARE OF IT. WE SOME TIMES TALK ABOUT THE DAYS WHEN WE WERE IN SCHOOL. JUST PLAIN GOING TO MISS DUKE.  YOUR FRIEND WAYNE



#7 from: Marvina Harmon Shark
Beaufort, NC
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Todd, you have my sympathies in the loss of your dad.  I am a cousin to mom and went to school with your dad and mom.  He will be missed by all those who knew him.  You and your family are in my prayers, always.



#8 from: Steven Amstutz
 
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Duke and I worked together at Tecumseh Products for many years, when ever I needed steel for my many projects he was always helpful. He will be missed by all who knew him. I counted him as a friend.



#9 from: Michael  & Sue Repine
Ohio & PA
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

So sorry for your loss, he was a good friend and fellow employee. He also helped us many times with our truck and horse trailer. He will be sorely missed by many. Our condolences from the entire Repine Family.



#10 from: Pat & Larry Krebehenne
Neel Rd Richwod
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Todd--So very sorry to hear about your father's untimely death.  I know he will be missed by many.  He has been a good friend for many years.  Our love and prayers are with you at this time.
Pat and Larry Krebehenne



#11 from: Dan Foos
Richwood
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Sorry to hear of Duke's passing he will be missed.  He fixed a lot of things for me over the years.   Its a loss for our community.



#12 from: Gary and Susie Crofut
Tavares, Fl.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Lots of love and prayers to the family    Gary and Susie Crofut



#13 from: Tana Britton
Marion, OH
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:15 PM

My Sympathies to Todd and family members of Duke. He will be dearly missed. May God comfort all of you.



#14 from: Kathie and Stacy Pfister
northfield ohio 44067
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Todd - Donnie and I were shocked and saddened to hear of your dads passing. I have known Duke since grade school and he did a lot of work for Donnie on truck and horse trailer. He will be greatly missed by many.

Donnie and Kathie Pfister





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