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Ralph W. Ridge
Ralph W. RidgeGardening VegetableRalph W. Ridge, 92 of Richwood died Sunday evening, March 8, 2020 at Bluebird Retirement Community in Marysville.

He was born May 6, 1927 in Ottawa County to the late Hugh James and Tenah (Emans) Ridge. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry, six brothers and two sisters.

On February 1, 1948 he married the former Helen Hall in the Essex United Methodist Church, and she survives in Richwood.

He was a member of the Claibourne United Methodist Church. Throughout his life as a farmer, Ralph served on various volunteer boards and elected committees. For many years he volunteered with Memorial Meals, picking meals up at Memorial Hospital and delivering them to shut-ins throughout the county, Helen always by his side to help navigate. He enjoyed playing shuffleboard and bingo. His true passion in life was gardening and he loved to grow things and give them away to his family and friends. Ralph was a real lover of desserts and asked he be buried with a fork, because as he said, “The best is yet to come.”

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Thomas (Desiree) Ridge, Oak Park, California; a daughter, Janet Sue (Richard) Walker, Waldorf, Maryland; seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services for Ralph have been postponed until further notice due to the current health situation.

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#1 from: joe jerry sloop
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 7:50 AM

So sorry to hear Ralph was a wonderful man. Always brought tomatoes to me. Prayers to Helen and family. RIP Ralph

#2 from: Rebecca George
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 10:18 AM

Helen, I'm thinking of you, wishing you the best and remembering good times so long, long ago.  When I remember Ralph he always has a smile on his face.  Perhaps he's smiling now.

#3 from: Gail DeGood-Guy
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 10:48 AM

Dear Janet and family.  Please accept out deepest sympathy for the loss of your father.  

#4 from: Jim hall
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 11:21 AM

Always had kind things to say about everyone I'll remember him forever so sorry for your loss aunt helen

#5 from: Marcie Patton
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 11:22 AM

Many fond memories of Ralph as our Sunday School teacher at Claiborne Methodist Church. Prayers of comfort and peace for Ralph’s family and friends.  

#6 from: Carl Conrad
Claibourne area
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 11:30 AM

What a great man to have as a neighbor, both he and his brother Hugh .

#7 from: Dan & Karen Converse
North Fort Myers FL.
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 12:17 PM

So sorry to hear of his passing.

#8 from: Marilyn Coleman
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 1:24 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. The best is yet to come. You will meet again.

#9 from: Larry Davis
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 5:07 PM

So very sorry for your loss, Ralph was a good friend and neighbor all my life. Always a person I could talk to with a positive answer. He will be missed.

#10 from: Joann Brown
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 6:21 PM

Sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. My prayers are sent to the family.  RIP Ralph

#11 from: Julia and Don Thogmartin
Seabrook Island, SC
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 7:25 PM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly remembered as a very caring gentleman who was always helping as he was needed. He greatly influenced both of us as we grew up.
Love to all of you.

#12 from: Beckie Congrove
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 8:32 PM

Dear Helen, Sue, Tom and Family,  Am truly saddened to learn of your loss and that of the church and community.  He has been a friend a mentor and great Sunday School teacher.  Wish I had known he was at the nursing home, I could have stopped to visit.  Most sincere condolences, Beckie McMahan Congrove

#13 from: Robert K. Davis
Boulder, Colorado
Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 12:35 PM

A person would have to search far and wide to find a better human being than Ralph Ridge. I have know Ralph since the days of the Up and Coming Livestock Club where the hard working Ridge brothers were such key members that we had to wait until they were done farming for the day and cleaned up before we could start a meeting. No doubt they took a bath in Bokes Creek before getting cleaned up. Ralph was a true friend. If you were in conversation with him, you received his complete attention. His wry smile and good nature would shine through even when his hearing was nearly gone. He was an expert farmer and gardener, a talented mushroom collector even in competition with the white-tailed deer. He was a reliable churchman and community member, delivering the meals with Helen to the Civic Center as long as he was able. There never will be enough human beings like Ralph Ridge to go around.

#14 from: Steve & Clarissa Amstutz
Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 11:27 AM

Ralph will surely be missed by all who knew him
when we were members of the church he taught Sunday School he was serious about his faith in Jesus Christ and wasn't afraid to proclaim it. We thank him for his dedication and his direction for it has helped us in our own lives. Prayers for Helen and the rest of the family. steve & clarissa

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