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Richard Riddle

Richard Dean "Dick" Riddle

Monday, May 25th, 1931 - Monday, January 6th, 2020
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Obituary

Richard Dean “Dick” Riddle, 88, of Weston went home to be with his Lord on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Bridgeport Health Care Center following an extended illness. He was born in Weston on May 25, 1931: son of the late Clifton Waldean Riddle and Virginia Clare (Hardman) Riddle. On December 28, 1954, he married Anna Lee (Porter) Riddle, who preceded him in death on December 23, 2013.

Mr. Riddle is survived by one daughter: Lee Ann Black and husband John of Frederick, MD, two sons: Richard Dean Riddle, II, DMD and wife Mary Friar, MD of Cheshire, CT and Robert E. Riddle and wife Kathy of Olney, MD, nine grandchildren: Julia (Ben) Winter, DMD, Katie Riddle, MD and husband William Bodeis, Maggie Riddle, Kelly Riddle, Kasey (Justin) Bussineau, Robbie Riddle, Jake Riddle, Michael Fink, Jr. and Morgan Dean Fink and two great-grandchildren: Louise and Samuel Winter. In addition to his parents and wife, Anna Lee, he was preceded in death by one daughter: Julianna Riddle (stillborn) and son-in-law: Michael Fink, Sr.

Mr. Riddle was an educator. He was a graduate of Glenville High School with the class of 1949 where he was valedictorian. Dick and his wife Anna Lee met in high school when they were chosen for a visit to see West Virginia University campus. He then was a graduate of West Virginia University in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. He was a walk-on as a freshman to the football program and his locker was next to Sam Huff and he was also a member and treasurer of Kappa Alpha Order Alpha Rho Chapter of West Virginia University where he was initiated in 1954. He then got his masters at Michigan State in 1962 and received 120 credits towards his doctorate which he was qualified.

Before his education career started, Dick worked at Hardman Hardware in Glenville with family. Mr. Riddle started his teaching career at South Amherst High School in Ohio where he taught science. He then moved to Elyria, Ohio where he was head of the Science Department and taught Physics. Mr. Riddle ended his teaching career at Wheaton High School from fall of 1967 to spring of 1996. He was the Athletic Director from 1972-1973. While he was a Wheaton, he was selected to study Nuclear Physics at the Oak Ridge Institute in a pilot program to bring the information he obtained back to his fellow teachers. When he retired in 1996, he refused a retirement party. As the school was revamping their football stadium, it was named in honor of his service to their school.

Mr. Riddle fulfilled his 2 year ROTC obligation with the United States Army Reserves as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Engineering Corp at Fort Knox and Fort Belvoir following his graduation at WVU in Education.
Mr. Riddle attended the Church of Atonement in Silver Springs MD, Weston Presbyterian Church and the Clarksburg First Presbyterian Church where he and Anna Lee were active and he was a deacon. He was a coach in Boys Club Baseball and Boy Scout leader. Mr. Riddle was an official in Maryland and Ohio in football and basketball and was selected as a referee National Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Riddle was active in masonic service. He was a member of Weston Lodge #10 A.F. & A. M., Past High Priest of Bigelow Chapter# 4 RAM, Past Commander of St, John’s Commandary #8, a member of Nemesis Shrine Temple of Parkersburg, WV and a member of the Lewis County Shrine Club. He was also a 32 degree member of Scottish Rite of Free Masons Valley of Clarksburg and Past Governor of Fort Henry York Rite College #61 in Wheeling, WV. He was a holder of the Order of the Purple Cross.

Friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, January 11, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor John Koerner officiating. Interment will follow services in the Lewis County Memorial Gardens of Weston, WV. Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard. Masonic rites will be provided by Weston Lodge #10 A.F. & A.M. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Dick may be expressed at hardman-palettifuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church 175 W. Main Street Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Richard Dean “Dick” Riddle.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home
    Address
    730 N. Main Ave
    Weston 26452
  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel
    Address
    730 N. Main Ave.
    WESTON, WV 26452
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    Officiant
    Pastor John Koerner
  • Interment

    Location
    Lewis County Memorial Gardens
    Address
    Old Rte 33
    WESTON, WV
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    Notes
    Full military Honors by US Army & LC Honor Guard Masonic Rites by Weston Masonic Lodge #10 AF & AM

Affiliations

  • Army
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Royal Arch Masons
  • Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
  • Shriners

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John Gainer

Posted at 10:05pm
Dick was a loyal and faithful supporter of Glenville High School. Dick was very instrumental in the formation of the Glenville High Alumni Scholarship program that has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Glenville High School graduates. In addition, Dick served on the interview committee and for several years as our chairman. We always looked forward to Dick’s input in the interview process and as equally to his "story telling" before and after our meetings. Dick was "one of a kind" and will be sorely missed by all. John Gainer, Glenville High School Scholarship Committee.
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Michele Paris

Posted at 11:48pm
Rest In Peace Mr. Riddle. I remember you fondly. Until reading your obituary I was unaware what a full and impressive life you enjoyed! To Robbie and family you are in my thoughts.
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Eugenia and Devin Struchen

Posted at 08:56am
Fly high and free Mr. Riddle. It was an honor and a privilege to have been one of the many students at Wheaton High to have had you as one of our Vice Principals. We love you Mr. Riddle.
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Garo Ohanian

Posted at 05:28pm
Wonderful man who so positively impacted the lives of hundreds of young people through the years. He was one of my first baseball coaches and I always enjoyed talking sports with him. A man of strong faith who was a great friend to many and a great father to his own kids. Because of his longtime service as an educator, the football stadium at Wheaton (Md.) High School is named in his honor.
 
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Joe Dalton Posted at 09:37pm

I had the honor of working with Dick Riddle for 15 years at Wheaton High School. His dedication to the students at Wheaton served as an inspiration to all who knew him He was widely known as a strong supporter of all of Wheaton's athletic teams, but he was much more than that. On many, many occasions he went the extra mile to help students in need and never seemed to stop believing that they could succeed. He was a dedicated administrator, but most importantly he was a truly great human being. My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Riddle family at this most difficult and painful time. The world is a little less without Dick Riddle in it. I will always love and respect you, Dick.
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Marty, Ginnie & Jake Patterson

Posted at 02:41pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss ... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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