Martin E. Ridley

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Martin E. Ridley, Sr.

Passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at IU Methodist Hospital. Martin was a native and lifelong resident of Indianapolis. He was born on January 20, 1915, the third child and second son of Thomas H. Ridley, Sr. and Evelyn Hazelwood Ridley. He was a graduate and member of the first class at Crispus Attucks High School. He later attended Indiana University for two years.

Martin was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 when he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. He worked for the U.S. Post Office and later the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a General Superintendent of the Mails. After his retirement, he went to work for the City of Indianapolis in charge of naming streets in new developments and sub divisions. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church and the Cosmo Knights Social Club.

Survivors include: daughter, Evelyn I. Ridley-Turner (spouse J. Richard Turner); son, Martin E. Ridley, Jr. (spouse Sheila A. Ridley); grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jason Turner and Adrienne M. And Stephanie M. Ridley; brother, Thomas H. Ridley; his dear friend and dinner companion of many years, Nancy Holliman Johnson and numerous nephews and nieces. He was pre-deceased by his older brother Laurence H. Ridley, Sr. and sister Mildred L. Ridley Jacks.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 4600 N. Illinois St. With interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Calling is from 11 a.m. Until 1 p.m. at St. Thomas. Contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas or A Caring Place Day Adult Services in care of Fairview Presbyterian Church, 4600 N. Capitol.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 14, 2013
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