Robert Lamar Ridge

ROBERT LAMAR RIDGE

Robert Lamar Ridge, age 91, of Jackson, Ohio passed away peacefully under Hospice Care on November 24, 2022, at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson after a brief illness. He was born May 9, 1931, the second child of the late Nara and Bernice (Wilson) Ridge. Robert was a 1949 graduate of Jackson High School and spent his entire life living in Jackson, Ohio.

Bob was a hard-working man, having worked at the DT&I car shops and JISCO in Jackson, Banquet Foods in Wellston and the Atomic Plant in Piketon, where he retired in 1995 after 20 years of service. In 1986, he purchased Rupert’s Stag Bar in Jackson, changed the name to The Corner Pub, and welcomed everyone inside. He sold the Pub in 2002. He enjoyed many hobbies and interests over his life, including photography, golf, gardening, snowmobiling and hunting, but his most noted interests were horses and fishing. He raised quarter horses and spent hours training and showing these animals, winning many trophies and ribbons. He eventually taught himself to become a farrier and put shoes on many horses in the area. His good friends Kenny Taylor and Gary Gillum referred to Bob as “the last real cowboy in Jackson County.” After getting out of the horse business and retiring from work, you could find Bob on many days on Lake Erie captaining his boat, “Gray Mist,” and fishing the waters for walleye and perch. He provided many pounds of fish to his friends for fish fries. He was a loyal fan of Jackson Ironman football. In the last years of his life, he regularly attended Christ United Methodist Church until COVID and his health made that impossible.

Bob is survived by his son, Randal (Colleen) Ridge of Jackson; granddaughter, Meredith (Mitch) Kneeskern and great-granddaughter Emily Kneeskern of Findlay, Ohio; sister, Betty Beatty; sister-in-law, Phyllis Ridge of Jackson; sister-in-law, Betty Ridge of Baltimore; many nieces and nephews; and good friend, Debbie Dudding. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Louise Ridge, who tragically died in 1981 as a result of a vehicle accident: brothers: Ken and Jim Ridge; and sister, Carole Ridge.

Calling hours will be held on November 30, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mayhew Brown Funeral Home. Funeral services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Janie Karl officiating. Burial will follow at Fairmont Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ United Methodist Church of Jackson. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mayhew-brownfuneralhome.com.