David Leon “Dave” Ridgeway

David Leon “Dave” Ridgeway

Birth
Lovington, Moultrie County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 Feb 2020 (aged 86)
Saint Elmo, Fayette County, Illinois, USA
Burial Cremated
Memorial ID 207710448 · View Source
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SAYBROOK — David Leon Ridgeway of Saybrook died Feb. 16, 2020, at Aperion Care, St. Elmo. David, 86, fought a long six-year battle with Alzheimer's.
He was born April 6, 1933, in Lovington, to Charles and Lydia Tribbey Ridgeway.
He grew up in the Holder area with six brothers and three sisters. He married Marion Walker on July 3, 1956. Their three children are Bruce (Mary Ellen), Timothy (Debbie) and Pamela (George) Rakers. They were married until 1985. On June 15, 1989, David married his brother Charles' widow, Joanne Ridgeway, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joanne's young children, Elizabeth and Edward, became his second family to love and raise. He served four years in the Navy and saw action in the Korean War. Dave retired from the railroad as superintendent of the Rocky Mountain Division of Amtrak. His railroad career began in the yards in Bloomington. He became an electrician, a fireman and an engineer for the GMO which later became Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. He had an office at Union Station for many years as a road foreman. In 1986, he was hired by Amtrak as superintendent of the Rocky Mountain Division in Salt Lake City. His crew stretched over seven states in the “Bermuda Triangle” of Amtrak. He once made spaghetti for three days to feed his 200 men as the crews passed through. Dave retired in 1994, after a 39-year career on the railroad and moved back to Saybrook. An opportunity came up to buy the small fishing resort that he and his Rasmus buddies had fished at for many years. Ridgeway Resort at Lake Holcombe in Conrath, Wis., became his dream come true. After helping his wife in tax season, they would open the resort in April and close down in November. It was 10 years of renting cabins, campsites, boats and a lot of fishing and fun. Dave also loved to cook. He hosted several hog roasts, fish fries and was famous for his spaghetti. Later he and his wife set up shop at flea markets, traveling to Illinois and Wisconsin. Dave was a grandfather to eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dave was preceded in death by his son, Bruce; five brothers and two sisters.
A celebration of his love and life will be held this summer at the farm in Saybrook.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's research.

Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) - March 7, 2020


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  • Created by: Gina
  • Added: 7 Mar 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 207710448
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Leon “Dave” Ridgeway (6 Apr 1933–16 Feb 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 207710448, ; Maintained by Gina (contributor 46846562) Cremated.