William L. "Willy" Ridge

Born: Tue., Sep. 7, 1937
Died: Thu., May 15, 2014


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., May 19, 2014
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Tue., May 20, 2014
Location: Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Tue., May 20, 2014
Location: Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home

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William L. "Willy" Ridge, age 76, of Pottsville, PA, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Born in Phoenix Park, PA, on September 7, 1937, he was the son of the late Russell and Pearl (Dent) Ridge.

Bill served in the US Army, as a Private First Class, from September 1961 until September 1963.

He worked as a Maintenance Superintendant and Safety Coordinator for the American Argo Corporation, located in Pottsville.  Bill was responsible for all twenty-one plants until he retired in 2002. 

He took great pride in his hobby of fixing and sharpening tools for friends and family, and he loved collecting things, especially old planers.  Bill was an avid country music fan; he especially idolized George Jones.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  Bill was a kind and generous person, who was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Milton and Russell Ridge, and his good friend and future in-law, James J. Gorski. 

Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife of thirty-six years, Debra M. (Valentine) Ridge; two sons, Brett M. Ridge and his fiancé Jennifer L. “Jenny” Gorski, and William J. Ridge and his girlfriend Jennifer M. Skokowski; daughter, Lori Ann Leroux and her husband Kevin; four grandchildren, Bron S. and Aron M. Brower, Emily Rose, and Kailey E. Shadle; two brothers, Raymond and Harry Ridge; sister, Betty Ridge; extended family, Jim and Carol Parry; Aunt Ann; future in-laws, Lois  E. Gorski (“the cook”), and Chris M. Shadle and Ben Becker; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike Street, Port Carbon, at 10:30AM on Tuesday, May 20th, with the Rev. Robert Burkey officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Funeral Home.

Interment will be held in the Christ Church McKeansburg Cemetery, New Ringgold, PA.

At the family’s request, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 Frack Street, Frackville, PA 17931-1734.

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Mary Ellen and Dave Watson
   Posted Sun May 18, 2014
Deb and family, We just can't find the words to express how sorry we are for your loss. Hopefully the good memories will get you through this. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers right now. Take care and love to all, Mary Ellen and Dave

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