Rex J. Ridgway, 80 years, of West Unity, Ohio passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance, Ohio. Rex was born on May 23, 1940 in Bryan, Ohio, son of the late Virgil L. and Veree (White) Ridgway. He was 1959 graduate of Millcreek-West Unity School, where he was a FFA State Farmer. He married Betty Jo (Hartman) Ridgway on September 2. 1961 in Angola, Indiana, and she proceeded him in death on May 12, 2020. Rex worked for Chase Brass in Maintenance and Fabrication, for 45 years, retiring on October 10, 2010. Rex was a 40-year member of the Williams County Fair Board, first with the Junior Fair Board, and ending his service with the Senior Fair Board. He was a mem er of Williams County Rabbit Club, Williams County Saddle Club, and the Steelworkers Local 7248. Rex donated much of his time involved with the West Unity Little League, helping organize the organization, Hilltop Athletic Boosters and the Holiday city Visitors Bureau. Rex was the biggest supporter of his children, and all the area children and all their organizations and clubs. He loved to support children and helping them grow and develop.
Surviving are his four children, Andrew L. (Brenda) Ridgway of Defiance, Ohio; Anthony R. Ridgway of West Unity, Ohio; Adam K. (Tessy) Ridgway of Defiance, Ohio and Audra Jo (John) Holmes of Columbus, OH; seven grandchildren, Cassandra (Mike) Lang of Columbus, Ohio; Caleb (Davelle Garratt) Ridgway of Las Vegas, Nevada; Devin (Tracy Cook) Ridgway of Defiance, Ohio; Benjamin Ridgway of Wooster, Ohio; Zachary Ridgway of Defiance, Ohio; Ryan Noggle of Columbus, Ohio; and Stephan Noggle of West Unity, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Ariana Lang and Grace Ridgway; One brother, Harvey (Jean) Ridgway of Grabill, Indiana; one sister, Delores (Chet) Cook of Bryan, Ohio. Rex was proceeded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Jo; one great-granddaughter, Vanora Hope Lang; seven siblings, Virgil “Junior” Ridgway, Mildred Sumner, James Ridgway, Denver “Alv” Ridgway, Wayne Ridgway, Jay Ridgway and Delilah Burns.
To honor Rex’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services held at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 202 North Liberty Street, West Unity, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Community Health Professional Inpatient Hospice Center, 6825 State Route 66 North, Defiance, Ohio 43512, or to the Williams County Ag Society.
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