~ IN MEMORY ~
Mrs. Lillian Russell Riddell, widow of DL Capt. Ralph W. Riddell
June 29, 1919 ~ February 4, 2018
Notification with the passing of Mrs. Lillian Riddell, age 98, widow of Delta pilot Captain Ralph W. Riddell who passed in August 2008. Both obituaries appear below.
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Services for Lillian are planned for this Saturday, February 17th in Barrington, Illinois.
~ Carol for the PCN
Lillian Russell Riddell, 98, passed away on February 4, 2018. She was born at home in Parkersburg, WV to Lily Violet and Charles Russell Grimm, agent for the B&O Railroad. Lillian attended school in Cumberland, MD and Cincinnati, OH. She received a scholarship to Denison University where she was awarded Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She did postgraduate work in sociology at the University of Chicago. Lillian was a member of the Association of University Women and Alpha Xi Delta.
In 1942 Lillian married Lt. Ralph Riddell, an Army Air Corps pilot stationed at Hondo, TX. After the war, the family moved to Chicago where Capt. Riddell became a pilot for Delta C&S Airlines. Lillian served as PTA president of both South Elementary School and Maine West High School while living in Des Plaines. The family moved to Barrington in 1967 where they became active in the Community Church of Barrington. Ralph passed away in 2008 after 66 years of marriage.
Lillian is survived by her sister, Margery Louise Hoffman; sons, C. Randolph (Marion) Riddell of Houston, TX, Todd R. (Karen) Riddell of Sierra Vista, AZ, and daughter, Catherine A. (Ted Bahora) Riddell of Hollow Rock, TN, foster son, Randall (Barbara) Hecht of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Mark and Scott Riddell, Justin Swigert and Laurel Swigert Wike; and great grandchildren, John R. and Louisa M. Riddell, Charlie and Finley Swigert, and Kiera, Ryker and Journey Wike.
The service for Lillian will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, February 17 at the Community Church of Barrington, 407 W. Grove Ave., Barrington, IL with visitation from 10:00am to 11:30am. A luncheon will follow at the church and burial will take place at Windridge Memorial Park Cemetery, Cary, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Project Hope, www.projecthope.org , or the Community Church of Barrington.
.............. Visitation at the Community Church of Barrington from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on February 17, 2018.
Obituary............................ Capt. Ralph W. Riddell
January 27, 1917 ~ August 4, 2008
Hire date 04-08-1946, retired 1977 based Atlanta......
Services for Ralph W. Riddell, 91, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Community Church of Barrington, 407 W. Grove Ave., Barrington, where he will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Reverend Zina Jacque will officiate. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, in Windridge Memorial Park Cemetery, Cary.
Born Jan. 27, 1917, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, in Wauconda.
Mr. Riddell was a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he received a B.A. in physical education. He was a member and past president of the Theta-Chi Fraternity and served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He was a pilot for Delta Airlines for 31 years from 1946 until his retirement in 1977. He coached high school sports and he enjoyed bird feeding and horses. Survivors include his wife, Lillian R. (nee Grimm), whom he married May 16, 1942, in Waco, Texas; his children, Charles Randolph (Marion) Riddell of Houston, Texas, Todd Russell (Karen) Riddell of Pacific Palisades, Calif. and Catherine Anne (Theodore Bahora) Riddell of Pueblo, Colo.; and grandchildren, Mark and Scott Riddell, and Laurel and Justin ......................................