~ Gerald E. Ridgeway ~

Gerald E. Ridgeway, 84, of Antioch, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at Arbors at Woodsfield. 

He was the son of Hazel Merhley and Ernest Ridgeway, of Fly, 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 U.S. Air Force, 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. 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. 

He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann; a stepson, James Arthur (Artie) Knowlton and wife, Tammy Henthorn; their children, Shania and Andrew; a stepdaughter, 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; and a niece, Kim Hilton, of Centerville. 

Friends were received Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, and until time of funeral service Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev. David Michael officiating. Burial followed in the Unity Baptist Church Cemetery near Antioch.  

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.