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John H Ridley, 76, passed away January 10 in Boise, ID, due to complications related to systemic Scleroderma.
Born to John Henry and Joycelyn Ridley, January 22, 1945, John grew up in Maida, ND. He often said he and his siblings, Jackie, Gary, and Judy had an idyllic childhood. After high school in Langdon, ND, John went on to the University of North Dakota and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Post college, John was selected to attend Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, and subsequently served as a Communications Officer in Yokosuka, Japan. Upon his discharge, he returned to North Dakota where he farmed for 15 years. It was during the early part of those years that he met and married his wife of 43 years, Cindy, and had two children, Sarah and Adam. The family moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota after John and Cindy put in their final crop in 1991. After John retired, he and Cindy lived in Wisconsin for 8 years before moving to the West to eventually be near Adam, daughter-in-law Stephanie, and grandsons Weston and Ronan.
He was called “Big John’ by many, possibly as much a reflection of his personality as his stature. Throughout his life’s journey John made countless friends that he maintained and treasured. He could, and frequently would, start a conversation with anyone and would almost always find a way to incorporate his North Dakota grain farming roots. He loved farming and his everlasting interest in its discussion was a clear sign of the role it played in his identity. Having grown up hunting and fishing, John relished the outdoors and was an avid skier, cyclist, and wildlife watcher. He had an exuberant love of food. You would find him speculating early about what his next meal might be and was notorious for declaring whatever he just ate as the “best ___ ever!” His tremendous presence will be greatly missed.
Memorials preferred to the Scleroderma Research Foundation.
Arrangements were handled by a funeral home in the Boise, ID, area.
Cindy and family, our sincere sympathy to you. John had such a tremendous personality and was a friend to everyone. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Paul & Michele Olson
Paul & Michele Olson Jan 18 2022 10:12 AM
With deepest sympathy our prayers and thoughts go out to the Ridley Family from the Carl Carlson family -
Judy & Mel Myers Jan 17 2022 2:57 PM
John will be missed. Last summer (2021) I had coffee almost every morning at the Superpumper with John , lots of great visiting. John was a great person, I was looking to next summer for more of the same. Wade was there, brother Cregg, Daryl Uhrich, Mike Kram We had good visiting . I am glad that happened. KJS
Kevin Stein Jan 17 2022 12:03 PM
RIP it was always a pleasure to visit with you! Also had to call you Big John! Thoughts and prayers 🙏 to your family my they find peace in the days to come!
Brown Terry Jan 17 2022 10:05 AM
Cindy, Sarah & Adam, I was so sorry to learn of John's death. I hope the happy memories & the love you shared will carry you through these sad days. God Bless, Nancy Kram
Nancy Kram Jan 17 2022 9:53 AM
Prayers to you Cindy and family.
Kayla Dunnigan Domres Jan 17 2022 9:13 AM
Our sympathy in your loss of John. Can't help but think of his voice and his embracing nature. Last summer he took time to visit with people and enjoyed it. He joined many coffee times at the Super Pumper with the guys and we all had a good time. Those times just can't be replaced, and we will miss him. Prayers for all of you.
Cregg & Lori Stein Jan 16 2022 5:49 PM
Cindy, Sarah & Adam, Chuck & I send you our deepest sympathy. We had the pleasure and nicest surprise to see John & have supper with him this past summer. We reminisced about Twin Lakes and the fun we had all those years ago. John filled us in on your lives and it was with great enthusiasm & love that he shared the stories of his family. He will be missed by many. May you find comfort in the memories you have of him.
Chuck & Kathy Downs Jan 15 2022 9:02 AM
Our Deepest sympathies Cindi and Family.
Jim & Shannon Nuelle Jan 14 2022 10:57 PM
Our Deepest Sympathies Cindi and family, The Ellen Nuelle Family
Jim & Shannon Nuelle Jan 14 2022 10:54 PM