Ridgely A. Abele, 59, went to heaven on December 10, 2009 after battling a long illness. He was the owner of Columbia School of Karate do, a 9th degree black belt, published author, former USKA world champion, and a graduate of Florida State University and doctorate of Asian Studies. He was a member of the Church of the Harvest and the most wonderful husband, father, teacher and friend.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Sally, his daughter and son, Sasha Katz and Jordan Abele; sister, Jan Konesey and brothers, Lawrence, Paul and Edward Abele and two grandchildren, Quinn and Leila.
Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Harvest, 4865 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, SC 29072 on Friday, December 18 at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Ridgely’s favorite charity, The Women’s Shelter, 3425 N. Main St., Columbia, SC 29203, www.womenshelter.org.
Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia is assisting the family.
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