Reldo R. Ridenour

February 21, 2013

Reldo R. Ridenour 76 of Frankfort, IN, died on February 21, 2013 in Sarasota, FL, following a brief illness. Born July 10, 1936 in Clinton County, IN to Ed & Mabel (Laughner) Ridenour. He married Selma Merrill on July 12, 1957 at the Hopewell Methodist Church and she survives. A lifelong Clinton County resident, Reldo attended Beard and Moran Schools and was a 1954 graduate of Michigantown High School. He was a retired self-employed excavator concentrating on farm drainage. He also worked at Chrysler in Kokomo for 10 years, operated a Shell Station on South Jackson in Frankfort for 4 years and for 9 years was a self-employed mechanic. Reldo attended the New Life in Christ Ministries and were he sang with the praise and worship team. He liked to fly and held his private pilot license. He also enjoyed rebuilding motorcycles, and writing and sharing poems about Frogtown.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, February 28th from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the New Life in Christ Ministries or Clinton County Cancer Fund.

Survived by:

Wife: Selma Ridenour of Frankfort, 1 Daughter: Monica Power of Frankfort, 1 Son: Ty (Luann) Ridenour of Lebanon, 2 Sisters: Irene Richey of Frankfort and Audrey Meadors of rural Frankfort, and 3 Grandchildren, Robert & Rylan Ridenour and Sammy Power

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Brett Ridenour in 1986, two brothers, Garland and Harley Ridenour and a sister, Maxine Sproal.


21 Condolences for “Reldo R. Ridenour”

  1. Pam and Mick Shores February 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    We will miss you Uncle Rel. We know you are surrounded by a family of precious angels now.

  2. Michael A Sexton February 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Dear Monica,
    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. It’s tough when we lose our parents it’s like part of our foundation is gone.
    I know you’ll be ok with time, My thoughts will be with you!! Be Well


  3. Don & Rose Peterson February 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Selma, you have our deepest sympathy’s. Take care and know that God is able.
    Sincerely, Don & Rose

  4. Janice Adams Beene February 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Monica, so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

  5. Gena Carson February 26, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Selma may God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this time. Reldo was such a blessing to many.

    Love in Christ

  6. Ruth Aaron February 26, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Selma, I am so sorry to hear of Reldo’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers.
    God be with you.
    Ruth (Goff) Aaron

  7. Gary & Barbara Sellers February 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our Prayers go out to all of the Family….

  8. Bob & Connie Lane February 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Selma, So sorry to hear about Reldo. It was such a shock to us. I will miss talking to him and seeing him around. It was a great pleasure knowing him all those years and all the laughs me & him had together. May God be with you & your family.

  9. Sara Myers Moran February 27, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Selma, Monica, and family,
    Mom (Pearl Myers) would have definitely been at the funeral home for both the calling hours and the funeral but she is in Florida visiting her sister and brother-in-law. On behalf of my mom and myself, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. We have lots of fond memories of Reldo and all of your family. May God bless you with a peace in knowing that he is in a wonderful place now and singing with the angels!
    Sara Myers Moran and Pearl Mae Myers

  10. Gary Loveless February 27, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Selma, My sister Penny passed on the obit yesterday and it immediately conjured up memories when I ran with the older guys around Michigantown and Beard. I remember riding in the old cut up open top car in the cornfields with McKinsey and Reldo. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayer. God Bless.

    Gary Loveless

  11. Jami Pratt February 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Selma & Family,
    So sorry to hear of Reldo’s passing. He was such a nice guy and always had a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  12. “The Ronald & Peggy Houze” Family February 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Dearest Selma, Monica,
    MUCH CONDOLENCES to your families in this their time of Reldo’s passing away. Reldo always seemed to live his life LARGE.. “w/ personal confidence & charisma” that naturally draw people to his liking. Reldo was a wonderful family man… His legacy shall surely guide those who follow in his footprints. Having been a neighbor for most my entire life, Reldo did wonders to both BLESS & ENRICH many Lives of those he touched. Thoughts & Prayers for your entire family…

  13. Tom and Laurenda Whitcomb February 27, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Selma & Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. Remembering Rel will always bring a smile. Bless you all and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tom & Laurenda

  14. Janice & Carl Kruger February 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Selma and family,
    Our prayers and love go out to all of you. Reldo was a wonderful man of God and a great example. We think of all the happy times at church listening to him sing for Jesus! And at different outings where we would laugh until we cried. He will be greatly missed.
    In His love,
    Carl and Janice

  15. Wayne & Karen Patchett February 28, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Please know that you and your family have our sincere sympathy and condolences.
    Wayne & Karen

  16. Paul & Joni Hendrix February 28, 2013 at 3:13 am

    We are so honored to have known him. He will be sadly missed. Selma, much love to you and Monica. He always made me smile. Love you, many prayers…

  17. Debbie Haynes, Arvada & Dan O’Bannon (VPE) February 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Selma and Family,

    You are in our prayers and thoughts.

  18. Scott McCollum February 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    To the Ridenour Family:
    May the memories of Reldo and the love of Jesus Christ give all of you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  19. Tom & Chris Accardi February 28, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Dear Selma and Family,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear that Ross had passed on. We will miss him at the Karaoke shows here in Venice. He was always such a pleasant person to speak to. Selma, we will keep you and your family in our prayers in this difficult time.
    Tom and Chris Accardi
    Venice, Florida

  20. Max and Janie Clark March 1, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Selma and family, So sorry to read about Reldo. We are in Florida so could not attend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Max and Janie

  21. Cindy Reeder March 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Selma, Monica, Ty and family,
    I was sorry to read of Reldo’s passing. May God’s love comfort you at this difficult time.
    Cindy Weida Reeder

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