William Edward Ridgeway, 73 of Athens, Alabama, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00P.M. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Spry Funeral Home.
Bill was born July 15, 1945 in Battle Creek, Michigan to LaVerne and Margaret Ridgeway. He graduated from Gull Lake Community, Hickory Corners, Michigan in 1963. On October 7, 1964, he married Melva Arlene Cox. Bill served in the United States Navy for twenty-one years, and Battle Creek Federal Center for an additional fifteen years. Bill enjoyed boating and fishing. He especially was fond of the salt air of the ocean, for the last several years he enjoyed cooking not from just any recipe but creating his own flavors to share with family and friends.
Bill is survived by his wife Melva (Cox) Ridgeway, his children, son, Brian Ridgeway and his wife Robin of Athens, Alabama, his daughter, Pamela Ridgeway Marsh and her husband Darren of Springboro, Ohio. His grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, Nancy Hager of Florala, Alabama, Diane Asakevich and her husband Bill of Delton, Michigan, LaVerne McKinney and her husband Jerry of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, several nieces and nephews, and extended family.
In lieu of flowers make donations to your favorite Veterans charity.