Arden Pridgeon, 95, of St. Joseph passed away peacefully at his home on March 16, 2020.
Arden was born in Weidman, Mich., on April 5, 1924, to Samuel and Myrtie (Thompson) Pridgeon.
He served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant with the 96th Infantry Division from 1943 to 1946 and fought in Leyte and Okinawa. He was awarded the Purple Heart with two bronze oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals, World War II Victory Medal and Presidential Unit Citation. Later in life he began attending Reunions of his 96th Infantry Division (Deadeyes) and participating in Lest We Forget Educational events.
Arden had a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.A. in business both from Michigan State University. He was employed by Benton Harbor Malleable for more than 16 years as an engineer and supervisor. Following this, he became a professor in engineering for Western Michigan University until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he enjoyed traveling, volunteering and supporting the local casinos.
He was a member of the Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Lions Club, Lest We Forget, Caring Circle veteran presentations and Jail Ministry.
Arden is survived by his children: Ruth (John) Stanton of North Carolina, Ron (Sue) Pridgeon of Illinois, Linda Barker of Bridgman, Jane (Scott) Lindsey of Phoenix, Bill (Mary Jane) Pridgeon of Lambertville, and Joe (Noralyn) Pridgeon of Portage, 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arden was preceded in death by his wife, Vada; and siblings: Artheda Pridgeon DeWitt, Marvin Pridgeon, Monty Pridgeon; and half-siblings: Inola 'Peggy' Pridgeon McClain, Stanley Ivan Pridgeon and Idan Morris Pridgeon.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 Church St., St. Joseph, with Father Arul Lazar officiating. Military Rites will follow conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Friends may visit from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, in honor of his many accomplishments and lives he touched.
Those wishing to sign Arden's Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Memorial donations may be made to: Lest We Forget, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center or Caring Circle of Lakeland.