Jack Rider suddenly passed away from this place to his Heavenly reward on Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Zephyrhills, Fla. By his side was his wife, best friend and dance partner of 45 years, Kay Lynn.
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He was born on Feb. 14, 1947, in Riverside, Calif., to Jack and Evelyn Rider in Riverside.
He was a member of the first Bullock Creek graduating class of 1965 and was very involved in sports. He married Kay Lynn on Aug. 13, 1966, and they moved from Midland, Mich., in 1971. He retired from the Oak Ridge Y-12 facility after 29 years. Loving music, he played the drums and guitar and was always easy to find, as you could hear him singing long before spotting him. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and those in Southern Charm, Fla., where he wintered for the past eight years. His kind heart and loving and helping hands will be long remembered. Volunteering was a priority for the Riders, who spend their entire retirement in their motor coach building homes for Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross and Support the Troops.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Lynn; and two sons, Kurt (Linda) Rider, Kingston, and Kyle (Jill) Rider, Knoxville. He loved being grandpa to Kevin, Kristy, Kelly, Bo and Brett and great-grandpa to Bentley. His brother, Gilbert (Nancy) Rider, and uncle, Ed (Marilyn) Rider, also survive him.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Kay Rider; his parents, Jack and Evelyn Rider; and special father-in-law, Berton Smith.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 9, from Homer United Methodist Church with Pastor David Mulder officiating. Burial was at Homer Township Cemetery. The family received friends in Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., Midland. Please consider a memorial to either Support the Troops (checks payable to Postmaster), Toni and Trish House or BCHS Alumni Scholarship Foundation; both may be sent to the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler Street, Midland, MI 48640.
Published in Roane County News from June 21 to June 22, 2012