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Charles (Buck) Ridgeway

Beaver Island

Charles (Buck) Ridgeway 73, of Beaver Island died on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Indiana University Health Center in Indianapolis, IN.

Buck was born on March 19, 1943 in Centerfield, OH to Charles and Wynona (Everman) Ridgeway. He graduated from Richland High School in 1961, Grand Valley State University in 1969, and Western Michigan University in 1976.  On September 4, 1964 he married Mary Ann Hazeleger in Kalamazoo, MI.

Buck was a 6th grade teacher for Athens Area Schools for 30 years, and he retired in 1997. He also worked for the Erie Lackawana Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Buck was an avid golfer and enjoyed following all of his grandchildren's sports and musical activities.  He announced sporting events for Athens High School, coached several sports and was a train enthusiast.   In his retirement Buck volunteered his time to organize golf leagues and tournaments for the Beaver Island Golf Course

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary Ann Ridgeway of Beaver Island; children Chuck (Danine) Ridgeway of Indianapolis, IN and Rob (Lisa) Ridgeway of Battle Creek, MI; grandchildren, Tyler and Brock Ridgeway of Homer, MI, Emily and Cecilia Ridgeway of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Margaret (Marvin) Miller; brother-in-law Dirk Hazeleger, and sister-in-law Susan Hazeleger.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and mother and father-in-laws Dick and Henrietta (Van Maaren) Hazeleger.

A memorial reception will be held for family and friends at Clara's on the River, 44 MCCamly St. S., Battle Creek, MI 49017, on Tuesday, June 14th from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  Contributions may be given in his memory to help support the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.  Checks made payable to the "Charlevoix County Community Foundation," with BIRHC Endowment on the memo line, can be sent to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, P. O. Box 718, East Jordan, MI 49727.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on June 8, 2016
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