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Robert Eugene "Bob" Riddell was born on Nov. 30, 1926, in Boone County.
Bob graduated in 1944 from Whitestown High School in Whitestown, where he played varsity basketball for three years; he was named to the all-county team in 1943 and 1944. Bob studied three years at DeForest Training Institute in Chicago, Ill.
He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, and served on the USS South Dakota (BB57) Battleship in the Pacific Theater.
Bob was employed as a production supervisor by Western Electric Inc. (ATT tech) for 33 1/2, retiring in 1982.
Bob enjoyed bicycling, fishing, golfing, bowling and traveling.
He served as a committee chairman for Centenary Methodist Church in Lebanon. He worked as a United Methodist volunteer with UMVIM, building a church in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He also volunteered with the Boone County food pantry.
Bob married Eileen Jean Wolfe at the bride's residence in rural Zionsville, on Sept. 28, 1947. Eileen passed away on Aug. 12, 1997. He later married Wanda Jane Couchman, who passed away May 4, 2015. He also was preceded in death by his parents, John Melvin Riddell and Dorothy Leap Riddell Teter.
He is survived by daughters, Cheryl Lynn Fox of Coupeville, Wash., and Pamela Jo Shinaberry of Bethany, La. He leaves grandchildren, Nicholas Todd Fox of Seattle, Wash., Deanna Jo Harris of East Texas, and Amber Eileen McPherson of Sparks, Nev.; and great-grandchildren, Shea Barnes, Seth Swinford, Cameron Swinford and Madison McPherson, of St. Petersburg Fla.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Graveside services will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
We want to thank the staff of The Oaks of Louisiana, in Shreveport, for all their love and support. A very special thank-you to his caregivers, Katie Finley, Christina Brown, Michaelynn Brooks, LaKieshia Green and Brittany Belton. He grew to love them very much, and the family sincerely appreciates everything done for him and all the hard work, love and kindness they so unselfishly provided. Also, a very special thanks to hospice and their angels from heaven.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to be made to the Fisher House Foundation, (the top-rated veterans charity), at fisherhouse.org; The Oaks of Louisiana; or Willis Knighton Hospice in Shreveport.
A very heartfelt thank-you to both of our parents for sacrificing to take us and our children on many vacations with learning and life-changing experiences, and for teaching us all how to be the best we could possibly be. You're finally together now, and that brings us much peace.
Published on February 10, 2017
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