Willard G. Ridgway

Funeral services for Willard G. Ridgway, 86 of Lawrence, KS, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. He passed away on April 20, 2018 at Baldwin Healthcare. He was born on January 15, 1932 in Tonganoxie, KS to Merle and Mary (Gallagher) Ridgway.

He retired from Aeroquip in 1991. Then he worked at Lawrence High School as a custodian retiring in 1997. After retiring, he enjoyed taking trips with his family and treasured spending time with his grandchildren. He loved working outside and fixing things. He also enjoyed tinkering with projects in his garage. He was an avid KU Fan!

He married Wilma Jean Morris on July 22, 1954.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma of 63 years; daughter, Connie Hadl (Steven) of Baldwin City, KS; granddaughters, Jessica Hadl of Lawrence, KS, Ashley Coverdale (Austin) of Merriam, KS; grandson, Justin Hadl of Baldwin City, KS; and sister, Mary Merlene Avery of Lawrence, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Damon, identical twin brother, Wayne; and sister, JoAnne Powell.

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th at the mortuary.

Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

6 Condolences

  1. Shirley Grant on April 24, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Wilma & Family-
    So sorry to hear about Willard. I am not able to make the trip to Lawrence but please know I am sending my prayers for you all.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    Shirley Brumback Grant

  2. Cindy & Matt Bornong on April 24, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Connie & Steve & Family,
    So sorry for your loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hugs to you all.

  3. Danny and Nita Cooper on April 25, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Wilma, we are very saddened to hear of Willard’s death. We have so many memories of visiting with you guys. We will not be able to make his service, but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this sad time. Love Danny and Nita ad family

  4. Mike and Joyce Pace on April 25, 2018 at 10:54 am

    We are saddened to hear of Willard’s passing. Please accept our sympathy for all of the family.

  5. Kathy Chapman on April 25, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Sending prayers to the Ridgeway family. I worked with Willard and Joann Powell at Aerquip.

  6. Vicki L Goff-Miller on April 28, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Connie and family
    So sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers and thought,
    Love Vicki Goff-Miller & Family

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