Robert F. Ridgway, age 86, of Stony Brook Circle, Orangeville passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville at 6:12 p. m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 after a lengthy illness.
Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia on Feb. 8, 1935, he was a son of the late Robert F. and Elma (Little) Ridgway. He graduated from the former Catawissa High School in 1953 and went on to graduate from the former Bloomsburg State Teachers College in 1958.
Robert worked at the former W. T. Grant store in Bloomsburg following high school. In 1973 he went to work for Merck & Co., Inc. at their locations in Danville, Rahway, Jersey and New York City. He later worked for Sea Land Industries in Port Newark, New Jersey.
The family returned to Pennsylvania in 1982 when Shirley founded Sunny Hill Preschool. Locally Robert worked for Dyco, Killian real Estate, Liberty Chevrolet and the N. E. Business Journal.
Robert enjoyed the time he spent playing the trombone with the Catawissa Military Band, Danville Community Band and Touch of Brass.
After retirement he enjoyed working with students in the Life Skills Program at Central Columbia High School.
He was an active member of the Lime Ridge United Methodist Church.
Robert is survived by his wife, the former Shirley M. Edwards, with whom he celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on April 6, 2021; four sons: Jeffrey Ridgway, Jensen Beach, Florida, Scott Ridgway, and his wife Dawn, Williamsburg, Va., Neil Ridgway and his wife Rosie, Howell, N. J., Rob Ridgway and his wife Kathy, Danville; eight grandchildren: Delaney Ridgway, Ashley Ridgway, Mary Ridgway, Emily Ridgway, Sally Ridgway, Abby Ridgway, Seth Ridgway and Zack Ridgway; a great-grandson Denver Yordy; a sister, Sally Morrison, Bloomsburg; a brother, Richard Ridgway and his wife Mary, Bloomsburg and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Lime Ridge United Methodist Church Choir, 6405 Fourth Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg.