Methuen, MA — Raymond C. Riddle, 81, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at his home, with his family by his side.
Born and educated in Wykoff, Minn., he was the son of Alex and Lily Ley. Ray served in the U.S. Air Force as an MP during the Korean Conflict. He met his beloved wife, Barbara Keyes, in Kalamazoo, Mich., and moved to Methuen in 1955. Ray worked as a painter for many years, before working for JJ Levis Paper Co. in Lawrence, retiring in 1998.
Ray, along with his late wife, Barbara, enjoyed traveling for many years to their favorite place of Aruba. He enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, and also the New England Patriots. He also loved getting together with his family here in Methuen, Minnesota and Nova Scotia.
The widower of Barbara (Keyes) Riddle, after 58 years of marriage, he is survived by his son, Lindsey Riddle and his wife, Julia, of Methuen; a granddaughter, Amy Riddle; his four sisters and one brother all of Minnesota, Edith Christopherson, June Anderson and her husband, Wayne, Harriet Vrieze, Alice Winslow, and Merl Riddle and his wife, Barbara.; a sister-in-law, Janet Elias of North Andover, Mass.; brother-in-law Frank Keyes and his wife, Mary, of Methuen; and his lifelong friends from Nova Scotia, Mary Elizabeth MacLellan, Mary and Pat Kelly; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff of Merrimack Valley Hospice Home Health VNA and the Cancer Management Center at the Holy Family Hospital for all their care to Raymond during his illness. Also a special thank you to our angels Diane Murphy and Joann White.
Raymond was predeceased by his brothers, Melvin and Earl Riddle, and his sister, Delores Calhoun.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorials may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. Visiting hours will be Monday, from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service in the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, Inc., 233 Lawrence St., Methuen. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery, also in Methuen. For directions or condolences please visit, www.pollardfuneralhome.com.