BARODA, Mich. – James Michael Ridley, 64, of Baroda, formerly of La Moille, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at KSB Hospital in Dixon.
James was born June 15, 1950, in Spring Valley, to James William and Elsie Juanita (Driskell) Ridley. He married Wilma Jensen on June 14, 2013.
James graduated from La Moille High School. He owned and operated Ridley Tiling and Excavating for 10 years. Most currently, he worked for Fairmount Santrol in Bridgeman, Michigan, as a corporate logistics safety coordinator. He served in the Army. He was a volunteer fireman for La Moille Fire Department, and for Triumph Fire Department, where he had served as fire chief. He was a past president of Mendota Tri-County Fair and Mendota Golf Club. He was a member of Mendota Elks Lodge, and the American Legion in Baroda.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma of Baroda.; his daughter, Dawn (Terry) O’Neal of Dixon; his son, James Preston Ridley of Plano, Texas; three sisters, Jessie (Ron) Ross of Princeton, Judy Trahen of Gray, Louisiana, and Jeannie (Ralph) Echelbarger of Mendota; two brothers, John Ridley of Spring Valley, and Jody (Robin) Ridley of Seatonville and Portage, Wisconsin; and three grandchildren, Michael Curtis O’Neal, James Brayden Ridley, and Bryce Preston Ridley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jack Nordgren officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by Mendota Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4079, will be at Greenfield Cemetery in La Moille.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.