Frank H. Ridinger, age 89 of Alzada, Montana, died Saturday, October 12, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his wife and family.
The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Greater Hulett Community Center, in Hulett, Wyoming. There will be no visitation. Interment will take place in the Hulett Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rangeland Ministries.
Funeral arrangements are with Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.
Frank Howery Ridinger was born January 1, 1924, on the family ranch in northeast Crook County, Wyoming. It is at this same ranch where, 89 years, 9 months, and 11 days later, Frank would go home to be with his Lord. Frank was the son of Frank and Lula (Howery) Ridinger. He grew up on the family ranch in Crook County, also where he attended the Antelope Gulch country school. Frank was introduced to Helen Marie Roberts in Hulett, Wyoming. Soon after, they were married in Gillette, Wyoming, on June 24, 1948. Together they enjoyed 65 years of marriage.
Frank was a lifetime rancher of northeast Crook County. Throughout his life, Frank was a man who worked hard. Sundays were the Lord’s day that started out with church and often followed with church picnics and an evening service back at church. Frank loved music and he learned how to play guitar and fiddle. Often he would carry a toothpick in his mouth. In his younger years, Saturday night meant popcorn, apple cider, and an episode of Gunsmoke on television with the family.
Frank is survived by his wife, Helen of Alzada; children, Jim (Christie) of Gillette, Kathy Bressie of Overland Park, Kansas, George (Marlene) of Alzada, Penny (John) McPherson of Overland Park, Terry (Mark) Huseby of Hulett, Johnnie (Julie) of Alzada, Gail Ridinger of Hulett; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Chuck (Jan) of Lewiston, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jerry; grandson, Travis Huseby; brother, Bill; and sister, Frances Bulat.
Friends may leave written condolences and view Frank’s video tribute at www.funeralhomeofthenorthernhills.com.