Andrew “Andy” G. Ridley 1952-2012
Andrew G. Ridley, 60, St. Onge, SD, died Aug. 18, 2012, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Belle Fourche Recreation Center with Rev. Mike Johnson and Rev. David Baer officiating. Burial followed at the Little Dane Church Cemetery near St. Onge.
Andy was born April 6, 1952, in Rapid City, SD, to Bat and Roselyn (Anderson) Ridley. He was raised on the family ranch and attended school in St. Onge. He graduated from Spearfish High School and attended Black Hills State in Spearfish while working at home on the ranch. Andy was the fourth generation on the ranch that his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1883.
Andy married Kim Bell at the Little Dane Church on Sept. 18, 1979. They enjoyed a tremendous life together for 33 years.
Andy was a member of the Days of ‘76 Committee and he was the Chairman in 1992. He was a charter member of the Rough Riders Saddle Club in St. Onge, a member of South Dakota Stock Growers, and a life-member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Andy excelled in the timed events of rodeo in high school, college, and professional rodeo. Special times for Andy were spent working his teams of horses at the ranch. At age 16, he took his first team to the Deadwood Days of ‘76 Parade and continued the tradition for years.
Andy was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood.
Survivors include his wife, Kim Ridley; his mother, Roselyn Ridley; his sister, Wanda Ridley (Russ Roberts); and nephews, Clint and Tee Ridley, all of St. Onge; and numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Memorials have been established to the Little Dane Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the St. Onge Volunteer Fire Department.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.kinkadefunerals.com.