Robert Edward Ridgway

Born: Mon., Oct. 13, 1941
Died: Tue., Jun. 26, 2018


Celebration of Life

5:00 PM Sat., Jul. 07, 2018
Location: Roy Raley Room @ Pendleton Round-Up Grounds


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Bob Ridgway was born October 13, 1941 in Tillamook, Oregon to Dorothy (Haugen) Ridgway and Robert Soice Ridgway and died in Pendleton, Oregon June 26, 2018.  Bob spent his younger years in Wallace and Mullen, Idaho where he enjoyed the outdoors, playing piano and football.  Bob’s parents divorced when he was young, and he went to live with his father in Seattle as a high school junior where he played football at Roosevelt High School.  Bob received a full ride football scholarship to the University of Washington where he played center.

He moved to San Francisco in 1963 and was working for the Bank of America when he met his future wife MaryAlice Alderman on a blind date.  They were married a year later on September 5, 1965 in Athena, Oregon, MaryAlice’s home town.  After Bob received his BA in Business Administration from San Francisco State, Bob and MaryAlice moved to Salem, Oregon where Bob attended Willamette Law School, where he was Editor -in-Chief of the Willamette Lawyer during his last year.  Daughter Darcey was born early during the Oregon State Bar Exam, and MaryAlice didn’t tell him about the birth until the exam was over, knowing that he needed all his concentration to be on the exam.  

The family moved to Pendleton, Oregon in September 1971, where Bob practiced law for over 40 years.  He also served as Bankruptcy Trustee and Municipal Court Judge for more than 25 years.  Nominated by his staff, he was awarded the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce’s Boss of the Year in 2006.  Bob was an avid skier and went on many ski trips with the Slats and Binders Ski Club, skiing the slopes in Canada and the United States.  He was a regular at the RAC’S Monday-Wednesday Aerobics classes, and he was renowned for his baking skills, specializing in cheesecakes, gingersnaps, and chocolate chip cookies.  He loved spending time with his family, and visiting and playing with granddaughter Elizabeth (7) was a highlight of his life.  He enjoyed traveling, playing the piano, Bridge, biking, woodworking, packing and delivering weekend food for Altrusa’s Feed the Child program, and watching his beloved Huskies.  He believed strongly in supporting his community, as evidenced by the various boards on which he served, including the Eastern Oregon Alcoholism Foundation, Boys’ Ranch, American Heart Association, Pendleton Swim Association, Rotary Foundation, Pendleton School Board, and the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce.  Bob is survived by his wife MaryAlice, daughter Darcey (Casey Currin), granddaughter Elizabeth, sisters Dorothy (Dottie) (Alex), Randi, Betty (Bobby), Anne, Nancy, and Patti (Daryl), and brothers Rick (Diane) and Don (Mike), many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.  Bob passed away after a brief but valiant battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family in the care of Hospice.  He was a gracious patient and kept his sense of humor until the end.  He will be missed by all who loved him.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be July 7, 2018 at the Roy Raley Room at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds at 5:00 PM.  Remembrances may be made to the Rotary Foundation, the Feed the Child Program (Altrusa of Pendleton), or a charity of one’s choice.


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Lyle & Janene Morris
   Posted Thu June 28, 2018
May the family find peace in the wonderful memories of your loved one.

Sharon Davis
   Posted Thu June 28, 2018

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by Bob and Sharon Davis, Mike and Tracie Szybnski.


Cindy Thompson Mecham
   Posted Fri June 29, 2018
He had such a gift of uplifting people around him, being young in the 1990's, he helped me form and create the Umatilla County Victims Impact Panel. What a great source of strength he provided as a mentor and mostly as a friend. He will be such a reward to have in Heaven.
It was an HONOR to know him.

Brigit Farley
   Posted Fri June 29, 2018
Dear Ridgways, I'm so sorry for your loss. This community is much the better for Bob's consistent efforts on its behalf. He made the most of the time that was given him. To paraphrase the last lines of the Brahms Requiem, Bob now rests from his labors, but his works do follow him. Godspeed.

Kelly Zemmer
   Posted Fri June 29, 2018
Judge Ridgway officiated my wedding ceremony. He was very professional and comical at the same time. I will always remember his kind words, and encouragement. Prayers to the family

Dennis Mathewson
   Posted Sat June 30, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Recently I lost my dear mother,
and found great comfort in the Holy Bible, like at Isaiah 25 verse 8 -
"The Sovereign Lord will swallow up death forever, and wipe away
the tears from all faces." Also at Revelation 21 verse 4 we find
God's promise to remove both pain and death. For more comfort,
I turn to the website at: www.jw.org (Search: Comfort)

Lynn Miller
   Posted Sun July 01, 2018
MaryAlice, so sorry to learn of Bob's passing! We had our annual lunch yesterday of old MYFers from University Methodist Temple, Seattle & were just wondering about Bob. We seemed to have lost touch since he retired. We all remember him well from Roosevelt High & the MYF group. Sincere sympathy.

Jan Leonard
   Posted Thu July 05, 2018
Dear Mary Alice and Darcey .. My heart is broken for you in the loss of Bob.. What a wonderful Man he was to everyone he came in contact with. Soft spoken kind man who looked to positive even in the ones he had before him while he served as Judge. My thoughts and prayers are with you .. He has been a great influence in our community and will be greatly missed.
Sincerely,
Jan Leonard

Tammie Jones
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
MaryAlice and family,
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort to you all.
Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Tammie Jones

Karen & Gary Prout
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
Your family has been a part of Pendleton life as far back as I remember. In the recent years there have been many skI trips full of many memories. Right now this must be unbelievable, but we pray the memories will comfort you and bring you joy.
Our sympathy and love, Gary & Karen

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