Reldo R. Ridenour, 76, Frankfort, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla., following a brief illness. He was born July 10, 1936, in Clinton County, to Ed and Mabel (Laughner) Ridenour. He married Selma Merrill July 12, 1957, at the Hopewell Methodist Church, and she survives.
A lifelong Clinton County resident, Reldo attended Beard and Moran schools, and was a 1954 graduate of Michigantown High School. He was a retired self-employed excavator that concentrated on farm drainage. He also worked at Chrysler in Kokomo for 10 years, operated a Shell station on South Jackson Street in Frankfort for four years and was a self-employed mechanic for nine years.
Reldo attended New Life in Christ Ministries, where he sang with the praise and worship team. He liked to fly, and held a private pilot license. He also enjoyed rebuilding motorcycles, and writing and sharing poems about Frogtown.
Survivors include his wife, Selma Ridenour, Frankfort; one daughter, Monica Power, Frankfort; one son, Ty (Luann) Ridenour, Lebanon; two sisters, Irene Richey, Frankfort, and Audrey Meadors, rural Frankfort; and three grandchildren, Robert Ridenour, Rylan Ridenour and Sammy Power.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Brett Ridenour in 1986; two brothers, Garland and Harley Ridenour; and a sister, Maxine Sproal.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St, Frankfort. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park.
Memorial donations may be made to New Life in Christ Ministries or the Clinton County Cancer Fund. Online condolences may be made at goodwinfuneralhome.com.