A celebration of life for Robert W. Ridgway, 89, Lawrence, will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday at Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold Drive in Lawrence. The service will be preceded by visitation with the family beginning at 10:00 AM.
Dr. Ridgway died Monday, March 11, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Bob was born December 19, 1923 in Emporia, Kansas. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1941 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Baker University in Baldwin. He moved with his family to Lawrence in 1953, where he earned Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Education from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Ridgway served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was awarded a Purple Heart after suffering an injury during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.
He married Evelyn Warner on June 7, 1944 in Baldwin. Bob and Evelyn raised their four children to adulthood before she preceded him in death. He married Mary K Palmquist on April 1, 1983. She survives of the home.
Other survivors and their spouses are Susie and Dale Deere, Lake Waukomis, Missouri; Steve and Emily Ridgway, Palo Alto, California; Cathy and Dick Johnson, Leawood, Kansas; Dave and Dagmar Ridgway, Branford, Connecticut; and seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three stepchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Presbyterian Manor, Good Samaritan Fund, Lawrence.