James Kenneth Riddle
1936 - 2020
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James Kenneth Riddle
January 30, 1936 - October 16, 2020
Norton, Kansas - James Kenneth Riddle joined the choirs of Heaven on Friday, October 16, 2020.
James Kenneth was born to Randal and Elsie (Winters) Riddle on January 30, 1936, in Mount Pleasant, Texas. He was the only boy of four children. He was known by both James and Kenneth and even Jimmy at different times in his life. He grew up in Mt. Pleasant and attended the local schools. As an adult, James Kenneth made his home in Fort Worth, Texas, where he worked for a company that manufactured dairy products. He worked his way up and was shipping supervisor for the transport of those products at the time of his retirement.
Kenneth enjoyed spending time with his family, including his nephews who were like brothers to him. He loved talking with people, and no one was a stranger for long around him. He loved playing his guitar and singing old country songs or even songs he made up. He loved cars new and old and would strike up a conversation about whatever someone was driving that day. He was a good man with a big heart who could see the good in everyone around him.
James Kenneth married Alice Huddleston, April 2, 1958 in Fort Worth. Together they had two daughters, four granddaughters, and five great granddaughters. Kenneth and Alice were together until her death in 2001.
James Kenneth married Nila Rae (Davis) Dawson on July 4, 2002, with the wedding taking place at the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas. They made their home in Fort Worth until recently when they moved to Norton, Kansas. James was a member of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ft. Worth, and had been attending Trinity Episcopal Church since moving to Norton. While not having any children together, he loved Nila's daughter and grandchildren like they were his own. His youngest grandson is named James in his honor.
James Kenneth passed away from Covid-19 at the Andbe Home in Norton, Kansas, on Friday, October 16, 2020, at the age of 84.
James was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife of 43 years, Alice Whitt Riddle.
Survivors include: his wife, Nila Riddle, of their home in Norton, Kansas. Three daughters, Audrey Raines and Sharron Jasso, of Texas, and Shelley Hendershot, of Delaware. Eight grandchildren, Christie Simpson, Angela Mills, Jennifer Gable, Kelli Raines, all of Texas, and Lillian Hendershot, John E. Hendershot, Robert Hendershot and James Sterling Shamgar Hendershot, all of Delaware. As well as five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Norton, Kansas, on Sunday, October 18, 2020.
A burial service was held at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, October 23, 2020.


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Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 23, 2020.
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27 entries
February 24, 2021
My sweet Daddy. Oh how I miss you! It’s been four months since you left us forever here in this world. I think about you and Mama daily. I await the day when I can see you both again! Father Stephen Jasso is there now. I know you rejoiced in his home going!
Sharon Jasso
Daughter
November 19, 2020
Kenneth was a very charming and happy man. He was a good husband to Nila and we (the cousins Colorado) were very pleased with that. He will be missed, and I know he was well loved.
Shirley Swope
Family
November 18, 2020
My husband Denny Smith is a cousin to Nila Riddle, and we met Kenneth when we visited the couple in Ft. Worth. Then they visited us in Ulysses when we moved here. Kenneth was a good man, and he was so friendly and personable. We were impressed with his wit and honest charm.
Fran Smith
Family
November 4, 2020
Kenneth and wife of 18 years, Nila Rae Riddle. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope.
Sharon
Family
November 4, 2020
One of my favorite pics I took of Daddy.
Sharon
Daughter
November 4, 2020
Memories of Daddy last year during the holiday season.
Sharon
Daughter
November 2, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Rose
Acquaintance
October 29, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Nila, Audrey, Sharron, Shelley, and the whole family. We send our love & pray you find some peace in the lovely memories you hold of him. Sincerely, Shawn & Melanie O’Connell (Shelley’s Cousins)
October 29, 2020
Robbo, Nila, Sham, Lillian, Kenneth and Johnny
Family
October 29, 2020
Deepest condolences to your family, Shelley. I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing you comfort and peace.
Jacqueline Venner Senske
Acquaintance
October 29, 2020
James had such a calm and peaceful presence. He was kind and patient. My prayers go out to Nila and all the kids and grandkids.
Tara White
Friend
October 29, 2020
“And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure . . . And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, 'Yes, the stars always make me laugh!' And they will think you are crazy. It will be a very shabby trick that I shall have played on you...“

Shelley, I am thinking of you and your family and holding you all in my heart until your sorrows can start to heal.
Jacqueline Holloway
Friend
October 29, 2020
I’m so sorry about your loss. Ulli
Ulli Becker
Friend
October 28, 2020
So sorry to hear of James passing. From what I hear, he was a great guy....We are sorry and tearful now, but Heaven just received an another Angel. God Bless. David
David Barnett
Acquaintance
October 28, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Sarah K Dostal
Acquaintance
October 28, 2020
Shelley,
I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you & your family.

Love
Andee
Andee Williamson
Friend
October 28, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. As friends of Shelley, we didn’t know James, but because of how much we adore her we know James must also have been a very special person. Prayers for the whole family.

Brad and Amanda Smith
Charlotte, NC
Brad and Amanda Smith
Friend
October 28, 2020
We at Grace Reformed Episcopal Church in Collingdale, Pennsylvania remembered James in our thoughts and prayers. Our condolences to his family, for whom we are praying.
Fr. Andrew Brummett
October 28, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Allegra Schroeder
Friend
October 28, 2020
Shelley,

So sorry to hear this news. Please know your family is in our thoughts!

Maggie
Friend
October 28, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Kitty Elder
October 28, 2020
We love your family. We are sending prayers for comfort. You are all in our thoughts.
Elizabeth O’Connell
Family
October 28, 2020
I am so very sorry for loss. May God bless you and your family.
Patty Eck
Friend
October 23, 2020
Daddy, I’m so thankful I talked with you the day you went to Heaven. I saw you today, not the way I wanted too, yet it gave me peace knowing that you are in God’s care now and you have received your healing! I’ll forever hear your sweet voice saying to me, “I love you, Sharon” then “see you later...alligator.” In a while...crocodile. Bye. Daddy.

@ 6:20-ish p.m. God welcomed another good and faithful servant into Eternal Life. Thank you, God. ❤
Sharon Jasso
Daughter
October 22, 2020
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October 22, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. Our lives were better because you were a part of us. Thank you for loving all of us.
Shelley
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October 22, 2020
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