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Col Jon Kirk Rider

Col Jon Kirk Rider

Birth
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Death 9 Aug 2010 (aged 70)
Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100141563 · View Source
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Col. Jon Kirk Rider, USMC (ret.), age 70, passed away peacefully at home in Kennewick, WA on August 9, 2010, surrounded by his daughters and best friend Robin Wood. Col. Rider was born in Seattle on January 9, 1940 and attended Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, graduated in 1963, and was then commissioned into the United States Marine Corps. He was married to Ellen Koogle from 1965-1998 and had four children: Kathryn Jane, Amy Louise, Megan Caroline, and Kirk Michael. Col. Rider served three tours of duty during the course of the Vietnam War, including two as a rifle company commander, mortar, rifle and sniper platoon commander and Operations Officer at the battalion and regimental level. During his time in Vietnam, Col. Rider earned three Bronze Stars, a Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential and Navy Unit Citations, among many others. Col. Rider also earned two master's degrees from Pepperdine University and University of Maryland, as well as an advanced degree from the Naval War College while he was serving in the Marine Corps. He served a total of 27 years in the USMC and retired 1990 at the end of his command of the School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, CA. He then held the position of the alumni director at the University of Washington for six years and was a consultant and coach at ProMega from 1997-2001. His most recent career was at Pacific Northwest National Labs, where he served as a training expert for the Protective Force team of the DOE Material Protection, Control and Accounting Programs to upgrade security of Russian weapons-usable nuclear material and then as the manager for Russian Security Force Training. Some of his passions included rowing, coaching rowing, flying ultralights, running, storytelling, and was an avid reader and historian. He is survived by his four children, his sister Carolyn, granddaughter Jordan, best friend Robin and former wife Ellen. There will be an informal Sunset Celebration of Life at Jon's home in Kennewick on August 28th from 3 pm until sunset. There will also be a formal Celebration of Jon's Life in Seattle on November 13, time and venue to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that friends make a contribution to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis through the website: www.firstgiving.com/jonkrider.


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  • Created by: Della Meize
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100141563
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Jon Kirk Rider (9 Jan 1940–9 Aug 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100141563, ; Maintained by Della Meize (contributor 47222674) Unknown.