Roy Lee Ridgway

Born: Mon., Jan. 20, 1947
Died: Sun., Sep. 3, 2017


Family to do services at later date


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Roy L. Ridgway, 70, of Massillon, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, September 3, 2017.  Born in Massillon, January 20, 1947, a son to the late Harry and Velma (Barr) Ridgway, Roy was raised by his maternal grandparents, Albert and Helen Barr and graduated from Perry High School with the Class of 1965.  Honorably discharged from the US Army, he served in Vietnam and received the Army Commendation Medal.  His grandparents instilled Roy with his values and work ethic.  The army trained him to do a job he loved.  Following 18 years with Young Truck Sales in Canton, Roy started his own successful business, relying on his skill as a heavy equipment operator to found R.L. Ridgway Mechanical Services.  He invested more than 25 years in his business and it proved to be his true calling and passion.  When he had time to call his own, he enjoyed watching the OSU Buckeyes or spending quiet time in his garden.  But most special was the time spent with his wife and family and dear friends.
Preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; Roy is survived by his wife, Judy L. (Gallagher) Ridgway, of the home; his daughters, Kimberly (Troy) Boda and Tracie (Jack) Leininger, all of Canton and a step-son, Steve Riblett, of Massillon; his grandchildren, Seth, Sarah and Emily Boda, Jordyn Leininger and Austin and Dallas Riblett.  Also surviving is a brother, Jerry Ridgway.
Formal services including military honors and burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery will take place at a later date.  A military salute honoring all living and deceased veterans – including Roy, who graduated from Perry High School is being scheduled for the near future and an additional detailed announcement will be made to confirm the location, date and time.
The family has suggested memorial contributions in Roy’s name be made to advance the mission of Aultman Hospice.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Massillon.  

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Juan Sepulveda
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Judy and family . Roy was an awesome man and friend he will truly be missed . Sincerely Juan

Sandy Workman
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
My sincere condolences to Roy's family. I have known Roy since 1976 he enjoyed his work & all the fun times with his friends. may he rest in peace, your friends loved you and you will be missed by many.

Roger Wiandt
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Dear Judy and the Ridgway Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Roy's death. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad and difficult time. His life was one of service and accomplishment - he will be missed by many.

Roger Wiandt

ken sechler
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
so sorry to hear about roy. was lucky to have known him a great guy.

Carolyn Baker
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Judy, I was so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. Pleas know my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time

Jen and Randy Dunbar
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Dear Judy and family. Jen and I are so sorry for reading of Roy's passing. All of the employees of Young Truck Sales and customers who knew and ever worked with Roy will never forget him. As a fellow employee Roy was a wonderful man to work with. God Bless Roy and may he rest in his glory.

Mike and Janice Daughenbaugh
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
To the Ridgway Family and Steve Riblett and family, sorry for your loss God Bless.

Billy Woods
   Posted Fri September 08, 2017
Sorry to hear that roy passed he was a great person and friend. He will be truly missed.
Our prayers goes out to Judy and family.
Sincerely,
the woods family

Robert S. Fedor
   Posted Sun September 10, 2017
My condolences to Roy's wife ,kids,and extended family. Roy and I basically grew up together, he was my best friend from the 4th grade on. Although we didn't see much of each other since we got back from VietNam, I still consider him my best friend and I will truly miss him. Roy, welcome home brother and thank you for your service. God's speed my friend.

Richard Young
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Dear Judy and Family:
I am deeply sorry to find out about Roy's passing. I knew him as an employer and as a friend for many, many years. I knew him as a man you could ask to do the toughest job and be confident it would be done and done right. We missed him as a fellow worker and were delighted he found success in his own business. Roy had a friendly attitude and outlook which was quite rare. Judy, I wish you well in the coming years and Doris and I
hope to see you again soon.
Dick and Doris Young

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