Gerald Ridgeway

Died: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 12, 2018
Location: Bauer Turner Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Oct. 13, 2018
Location: Bauer Turner Funeral Home

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Gerald E. Ridgeway, 84, of Antioch, Ohio died Wednesday October 10, 2018 at Arbors at Woodsfield, Ohio.  He was the son of Hazel Merhley and Ernest Ridgeway of Fly, Ohio, born at home on May 29, 1934.  

He attended Fly Elementary school and graduated from New Matamoras High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1952.  He worked with his Uncle Norma Ridgeway in Wheeling at a steel plant and then joined the Airforce, serving in Hawaii, Japan, and upstate New York.  He graduated from Ohio University of Athens in 1960 with a degree in Industrial Engineering.  He worked for IBM in Endicott, New York, retiring in 1988.

He married Ruth Ann Christman Knowlton in 1984.  She had a 16 year old son, James Arthur (Artie) Knowlton and a 14 year old daughter, Rebekah Ann Knowlton.  They bought a house on Beartown Road near Port Crane, New York where the teens attended Chenango Forks High School and Ruth Ann substituted in the Elementary school.

After retirement Gerald was a financial advisor, sold insurance and worked for Henry’s Income Tax Service in Binghamton, New York.  In 1994 they moved back to Ruth Ann’s newly remodeled house near Antioch, Ohio.  He became clerk for Perry Township, established Ridgeway’s Income tax service and helped set up Midway Community Center and Midway Seniors.  He taught adult Sunday School class at Unity Baptist and then at Gravel Hill Baptist Church where he was a member.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Mary Jane Frush of Dayton, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann, a step son James Arthur (Artie) Knowlton and wife Tammy Henthorn, their children Shania and Andrew; a step daughter Rebekah Ann Tinker and husband William Kendrich Tinker, their children Kendrich Scott and Lindsey Ann of Old Fort, Tennessee, a sister Nancy Beardon Johnson of Hurst, Texas; a brother Roger Ridgeway and wife Leah Lisk of Fly, Ohio; a niece Kim Hilton of Centerville, Ohio.

Friends received from 6-8 p.m. Friday October 12 and from 12 until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday October 13, 2018 at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home Woodsfield, Ohio with Rev. David Michael officiating.  Burial will follow in the Unity Baptist Church Cemetery near Antioch, Ohio.  

Memorial donations may be made in Gerald’s name to Stonerise at Home Hospice Service c/o Erica Price, Gravel Hill Baptist Church, and or Midway Community Center.

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Cheryl J Skinner, Belmont Co Military Museum
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Gerald E. Ridgeway, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Air Force Veteran, Gerald E. Ridgeway, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Pandora Neuhart
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Ruth Ann and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. I really got to know him from being clerk and working at the community center. He was a quiet man, educated, and smart person that was always there to help those in need. He was always so polite, and he made an excellent clerk for Perry Township. My prayers are for God to wrap his loving arms around all of you, and bring peace and comfort to you. In Christian Love, Pandora

Bart and Joyce Wiggins
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
Ruth Ann and family,
We are sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. I am fondly remembering those days when I was teaching at Midway and you both were such a help in the PTO there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you lay your dear on to rest. Love Bart and Joyce(Indermuhle) Wiggins

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