PALISADE -- Roy Jean Ridlen, 76, died Wednesday (July 30, 2008), at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial.
He was born June 22, 1932, to J. Pearl and Ethel (Roll) Ridlen on a farm northeast of Imperial. He was raised on farms near Imperial and Wauneta and attended country schools District 64 northeast of Imperial and District 46 west of Wauneta. In 1947, he trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.
He served his country by entering the U.S. Army in 1953, serving in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He lived in the Denver, Colo., area, where he worked various jobs including Martin Marietta and the Rio Grande Railroad. He moved to Palisade in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lois Dow; two brothers, Lee Ridlen and Paul Ridlen; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Dow, Russell Harrah, Quentin Johnson, George Mader and Earl Landrus.
Survivors include three sisters, Marie Mader of Lacy, Wash., Pauline Landrus of Spokane, Wash., Lucille and husband, Verlon Dinnel of Enders; three brothers, Carl and wife, Virginia Ridlen of Fairview, Tenn., Ray and wife, Thelma Ridlen of Palisade and Robert and wife, Deanna Ridlen of Aurora, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Delores Ridlen of Hot Springs, S.D., and Leola Ridlen of Broomfield, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were today at Hamlet Union Church in Hamlet with the Rev. Marshall Erickson officiating. Interment followed at the Palisade Cemetery in Palisade.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.