PAUL D. RIDGE died Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at Madison County Hospital. He was formerly employed by the Whirlpool Corporation in Marion.

A retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he flew 50 missions as a navigator with the 450th Bomb Squad (Cottontails) from May through October of 1949 in the Atlantic Theatre. He continued in the active Air Force Reserve at Clinton County Air Station in Wilmington, until his retirement in 1972.

He belonged to First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, the Lake Placid Presbyterian Church, and also attended the First Presbyterian Church of London.

He was born July 31, 1921, in St. Marys, a son of the late Hugh James and Tenah Idel Emans Ridge. He also was preceded in death by wives, Mary Jane Cramer Ridge and D. Jane Wasserbeck Ridge, and brothers Park, Dwight, Hugh and Richard Ridge.

He was a loving father to Kaatje "Kit" (E.G.) Redman of Dublin, Kathie (George) Harkness of Okatie, S.C., Robin (Ron) Leslie of Columbus, and Rosee (Richard) Roberts of Prospect. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren, Brett (Elaina) Leslie, Heather Jordan, Keesha (Michael) Mitchell, Kendall (Rob) Marten, Kolin (Cynthia) Redman, Mark (Susan) Binkiey, Paul (Cassandra) Binkiey, Evan (Andes) Binkiey, Stephanie Moxley, Don (Kim) Harkness and Beth Harkness; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wilella Sanchez of Tucson, Ariz., and Carol Oberdier of Richwood; a brother, Ralph Ridge of Richwood; and nieces and nephews. Private committal services will be held at the convenience of the family at First Presbyterian Church of London.

Military honors will be bestowed upon Mr. Ridge at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Claibourne Cemetery, Richwood. A memorial service will follow at Richwood Church of Christ, 29063 Sivey Road, where a remembrance luncheon will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Madison County Hospice, 210 N. Main St., London, Ohio 43140 or to the Honor Flight of Columbus, 2185 Ridgecliff Road, Columbus, OH 43221. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.eberiefisherfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London.

Paul D. Ridge and the 450th Bomb Squad: http://www.450thbg.com/real/biographies/ridge/ridge.shtml

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