James Ridgley

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Dec. 25, 2012

James Ridgley, 86, of Avoca, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at the Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton.

He was born in Avoca, on May 19, 1926, and was a son of the late Thomas and Gertrude (Dawe) Ridgley.

James was a former member of St. John's Primitive Methodist Church, Avoca. He attended Avoca High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during WWII. James worked many years for the Atlas Chain Corp. He loved to read and watch movies pertaining to the Wild West; he enjoyed the outdoors. James loved to fish, hunt and camp, but most of all he loved to be with his family. James was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he will be deeply missed by all.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, William, and his sister Jean Beardsworth.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Howell) Ridgley; his children, James, Fla.; Susan McCutcheon and her husband John, Pittston; Lisa Weitz and her husband, Fredrick, Pittston, and Robert and his wife, Becky, Pittston.

James is also survived by his grandchildren, Anthony McCutcheon, Marissa (Weitz) Healey, Fredrick Weitz Jr.; Nathan, Nikolas and Zakary Ridgley; his sister Mildred Phillips, Hicksville, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with Rev Dale Pepper officiating. Family and friends may call Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until time of service.

The AMVETS Honor Guard of Dupont will provide Military Honors. Interment will be held at the Langcliffe Cemetery, Avoca.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Avoca Ambulance Association, 740 Main St., Avoca, PA. 18641.

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Published in Times Leader on Dec. 28, 2012
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