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Myers-Reed Chapel

3729 25th Street, Columbus, IN

OBITUARY

Paul E Riddle

February 23, 1930May 24, 2020
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Paul Eugene Riddle, 90, of Noblesville, formerly of Columbus died at 5:42 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Heritage Woods in Noblesville. Paul was born in Spurgeon, Indiana on February 23, 1930, the son of John and Mildred Johnson Riddle. He married Emma Woolsey June 7, 1952 in Oakland City, Indiana and she survives in Noblesville. He was a 1952 graduate of Alabama University, where he played basketball, and a U.S. Air Force veteran serving in the Korean War. He got his masters degree from Indiana State University in 1953. He was a vocational school teacher and served as Administrator/Principal of McDowell Adult Education Center in Columbus. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and a member of The Columbus Elks for many years. His awards and honors included; Outstanding Adult Educator in Indiana for the Year 1977, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation Hall of Fame Award 1988, Adult Education Administrator of the Year 1993, Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award 1990, and The Sagamore of the Wabash . He is survived by his wife, Emma Riddle of Noblesville; son, David A. (Anne Hite) Riddle of Noblesville, daughter, DeAnn (Andy) Martin of Georgetown, IN; grandchildren Shaleen (Michael) Blume of Fishers, IN, Jenelle (Geoff) Brady of Fishers, Delaney Riddle of San Diego, CA; and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kelsey Lynn Martin. A private graveside service will be conducted Friday at Garland Brook Cemetery with Pastor David Blystone officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 to 12 Friday the 29th at Myers~Reed Chapel on 25th Street, due to COVID-19 guidelines visitors may experience a wait time and may be asked to wait outside. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-reed.com. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, 4108 Charlestown Rd. New Albany, IN 47150, In memory of The Kelsey Lynn Martin Scholarship Fund.

  • FAMILY

  • Emma Riddle, Wife
  • David A. (Anne Hite) Riddle, Son
  • DeAnn Riddle (Andy) Martin, Daughter
  • Shaleen (Michael) Blume, Grandchild
  • Jenelle (Geoff) Brady, Grandchild
  • Delaney Riddle, Grandchild
  • Kelsey Lynn Martin, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Also survived by 3 great grandchildren.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Community Fund of Southern Indiana in Memory of Kelsey Lynn Martin Scholarship Fund

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Private Graveside Service

    Friday, May 29, 2020

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Dawn Lee

June 2, 2020

I worked with Paul at McDowell Adult Education Center. I was a night custodian. Paul always went out of his way to make sure he spoke to me on a nightly basis, touching base to make sure I wasn't having any problems. He was a kind and caring man who loved his family very much. We discussed our families frequently. He will be greatly missed by anyone who he came in contact with. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. He was truly a great man. My deepest sympathy to you all.

John Rider

May 30, 2020

Karen and I express our condolences to the Riddle family. Dave and DeAnn may your Dad rest in peace. God Bless.
John and Karen Rider

Diana Perry (Belschwender)

May 29, 2020

So sorry to see this. He was such a great man. Miss our camping days at Deer Creek.

Claudia Linder Schneider

May 29, 2020

Jean, David , DeAnn and Family,
As the remaining "Linder", I know my parents would certainly want me to express that our lives are better for having known all of you. Sending prayers and affection at Mr. Riddle's transferring to his heavenly home. Our shared hope is in the Lord Jesus, and our truth is that we will see Mr. Riddle again. I know Ed, Faye and Becky were in that crowd that welcomed him!
Claudia

Erin York- Lowry

May 28, 2020

Paul you were a special man. You were introduced to me by my papaw Herb Wilds and I will
Never forget you or Jean. Thank you for all you did for my family along the way.
Love,
Erin York-Lowry

Gerry White

May 28, 2020

Paul, you were a gentleman. It was a privilege to have known you. We loved to listen to your stories. Rest in peace, my friend.
Gerry and Marianne White.

Joyce Fleck

May 28, 2020

My condolences to the family of Paul Riddle.

Mr. Riddle was my "principal" at McDowell for many years in both day and evening ESL classes. I felt he was supportive, understanding, and fun. There are many good memories.

Matt Maschino

May 27, 2020

I have been very fortunate in my life to learn from great men, and Mr. Riddle was no exception. I had the privilege to work for him for 10 summers during my youth, and I learned so much from him that I still use to this day. He was an influential part of my life during my journey in becoming a man. I am saddened by the news of his passing, and I am praying for his family.

Behind every great man is a great woman, and I want Mrs. Riddle to know that I am thinking of her.

With deepest sympathy,
Matt Maschino

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