Wilfred T. Ridgway

Jul 19, 1923 - Jan 25, 2012

Obituary

RIDGWAY, Wilfred T.
Our beloved father and husband went to be with the Lord on January 25, 2011. He was the younger of two sons, born July 19, 1923 in Shepherdsville, KY to Fred and Louise Ridgway. During his high school years, he built and sold some of the first ‘crystal set’ radios in town, earning the money for his first car. He won State Championships in General Science competitions and earned the nickname ‘Mercury’ because of his interest in science and airplanes. In 1942, he hitchhiked to California when he was 19 years old in and began work at Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach. He sent for his sweetheart, Mildred, to join him in California and they were married that fall in a little chapel overlooking Long Beach Harbor. After WWII, they moved to Sacramento and he was employed at McClellan AF Base as a supervisor of their radio and electronics division for 34 years. No plane left the runway without his signature and not one ever failed. After retirement in 1982, he and Mildred traveled in their RV to most of our National Parks and flew to the Hawaiian Islands. He was an accomplished photographer, antique car restorer, carpenter, mechanic, electrician, historian, gardener, storyteller, and conversationalist. He loved best a good adventure and his family. He leaves his wife of 69 years, Mildred, daughter Jeanne Inman, son Dwight Ridgway, grandchildren, Vanessa Wesseling (John), Aaron Inman (Karna), and Joelle Inman, great-grandchildren, Orianna Morales, Andrew Inman, and Vianna Wesseling, and one niece Stacy Ridgway and her family. Friends are invited to funeral services at Nicoletti Funeral Home, 54th & Folsom Blvd., January 31, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., and burial services at East Lawn Cemetery, 46th & Folsom Blvd.

Funeral Home:
Nicoletti
5401 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
US 95819

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