L. Leon Ridenour, 90

L. Leon Ridenour, 90, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13, at Peabody Healthcare Center. He was born Dec. 6, 1923 in Wabash County, to J. Sherman and Lola (Durnbaugh) Ridenour.

Leon graduated from Urbana High School in 1942, earned his Bachelors degree from Purdue University in 1948, and received his Masters degree from the University of Colorado in 1958. He married Phoebe J. Roser in Wabash on Feb. 24, 1948. Mr. Ridenour taught high school math at Laketon High School for nine years, Manchester High School for 23 years, and spent five years at Ivy Tech in Wabash. He also worked part time for Kerlin Brothers in Silver Lake, delivering school buses and was a charter tour bus driver for 30 years.  He was a 40-year member of the Wabash County Council, a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, a lifetime member of the National Educators Association, and a 72-year member of the Lion's Club where he was District Governor for District 25G.    

He is survived by his wife, Pheobe J. Ridenour, North Manchester; one daughter, Marcia L. (David) Heaps, Chatham, Illinois; two granddaughters, Manning Heaps, Greenville, Ill., and Kelsey (Dalton) Lee, Riverton, Ill.; and his brother-in-law, Phil (Trula) Cramer, Wabash.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Carol Ridenour; one brother, Rex Ridenour, and his sister, Shermadean Cramer.

Graveside services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Roann Community Cemetery, Roann with Ken Goble officiating. Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Lions Eye Bank.

The memorial guest book for Leon may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Oct 17