OBITUARY

Forrest "Cap" Ridgway

March 30, 1935November 19, 2018
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Forrest Leigh “Cap” Ridgway, 83, passed away November 19, 2018. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Des Moines First Assembly of God, 2725 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, with a luncheon in the fellowship hall following the service. Graveside services will be at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines after the luncheon. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Des Moines First Assembly of God in Des Moines.

Cap was born in Des Moines, IA on March 30, 1935 to William Forrest and Dortha Irene (Moorman) Ridgway. He graduated in 1953 from Valley High School in West Des Moines. He married the love of his life Sandra Kay (Mosier) Ridgway on September 29, 1956. Cap was a homebuilder in the Des Moines area, raising his family in West Des Moines. He was proud of the fact that the Ridgway’s have graduated 5 generations from Valley High School. He later moved to Van Meter upon retiring where he spent time farming and countless hours mowing his beloved yard where he lived out the rest of his days.

Cap also enjoyed hunting, fishing and had a general love for the outdoors. When not at the co-op, driving around Madison County, or watching his crops grow he was a dedicated season ticket holder for the Iowa Cubs and Drake men’s and women’s basketball teams. He also faithfully attended Drake relays rain or shine.

Cap and Sandy loved hosting gatherings for family, friends and neighbors. You could find him flipping burgers and scooping homemade ice cream for the dozens in attendance. The annual 4th of July and Christmas party with his elaborate light display were highlights of the neighborhood. Cap’s love for cribbage was passed on to the younger generations who would compete with him at the annual Iowa State Fair tournament.

Cap lived his life centered on the foundation of faith, family and friends. Cap’s love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was displayed daily in his Bible reading, devotions, decades of greeting at Sunday morning church and the legacy he leaves behind for his family.

Forrest is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sandra; five children, Forrest Jr. (Laura) Ridgway of West Des Moines and their children, Megan (Matt) McNeece, Forrest “Bif” Ridgway III (Kristy), Parker and Noah Ridgway; twins, Janelle (Steve) Foster of Van Meter and their children, Stacey and Grant Foster; and Jeffrey (Connie) Ridgway of Van Meter and their children, Dan West, Megan West, Matthew (Hannah), Timothy, and Allison Ridgway; David (Rosemary) Ridgway of Johnston and their children, Natalie, Spencer, Sophia, Clarissa, and Joseph Ridgway; Julie (David) Barner of St. Charles, IL and their children, Zachary, Mitchell, Emma, and Samuel Barner; four great-grandchildren, Levi and Logan McNeece, Riley West, and Forrest Ridgway IV, with another great grandson in 2019; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Gay and Lou Friestad; brother, James Ridgway; nephew, Scott Friestad; and several aunts and uncles.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Milhem, nurses, and staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for all the wonderful care they gave to Cap.

Memorials may be directed to Des Moines First Assembly of God, 2725 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines 50310, New Hope Assembly, 4425 70th St. in Urbandale 50322, or the American Cancer Society-Iowa Chapter.

  • FAMILY

  • Forrest is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sandra; five children, Forrest Jr. (Laura) Ridgway of West Des Moines and their children, Megan (Matt) McNeece, Forrest “Bif” Ridgway III (Kristy), Parker and Noah Ridgway; twins, Janelle (Steve) Foster of Van Meter and their children, Stacey and Grant Foster; and Jeffrey (Connie) Ridgway of Van Meter and their children, Dan West, Megan West, Matthew (Hannah), Timothy, and Allison Ridgway; David (Rosemary) Ridgway of Johnston and their children, Natalie, Spencer, Sophia, Clarissa, and Joseph Ridgway; Julie (David) Barner of St. Charles, IL and their children, Zachary, Mitchell, Emma, and Samuel Barner; four great-grandchildren, Levi and Logan McNeece, Riley West, and Forrest Ridgway IV, with another great grandson in 2019; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Gay and Lou Friestad; brother, James Ridgway; nephew, Scott Friestad; and several aunts and uncles.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Forrest "Bif" Ridgway III, Active
  • Zach Barner, Active
  • Grant Foster, Active
  • Spencer Ridgway, Active
  • Matt Ridgway, Active
  • Parker Ridgway, Active
  • Tim Ridgway, Active
  • Mitch Barner, Active
  • Noah Ridgway, Active
  • Joe Ridgway, Active
  • Sam Barner, Active
  • Dan West, Active
  • Art Johnson, Honorary
  • Davey Wiles, Honorary
  • Johnny Hammond, Honorary
  • Larry Dunlap, Honorary
  • Ron Gebhardt, Honorary
  • Mike Gross, Honorary
  • Lou Friestad, Honorary
  • Monte Friestad, Honorary
  • Todd Friestad, Honorary
  • Al Heryford, Honorary
  • Syd Vanderlinden, Honorary
  • Leonard Shortell, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2018
REMEMBERING

Forrest "Cap" Ridgway

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Kay Williams

November 21, 2018

My heart goes out to Sandy and her family! Cap will certainly be missed by everyone. Lots of memories of Drake basketball games and Iowa Cubs along with the Fourth of July celebrations. Cap and Sandy have always been very close and supporting friends. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers! Love and hugs!

Kelli Faidley

November 21, 2018

I’m so sorry to hear about Cap! I have so many fond memories of spending time with him & his wonderful family! I loved being with them! I felt like a big sister to Forrest, Jeff, Janelle, David & Julie! The world is a little less bright now that he is gone! I’m sending my love to Sandy & all their children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren!

Larry Nelson

November 21, 2018

I appreciated so much that Cap was praying for me in my battle with cancer as I was praying for him. Now he is home where we will be with him again someday.

Rev. Ron Carter

November 21, 2018

We are praying for the family at this time of loss. Ron and Nanci Carter

Linda Schlak

November 21, 2018

Cap always is the life of any party. He was the first one we saw at Sunday morning celebration at Des Moines First Assembly. He was the at the grill in numerous parties and fellowships at his home. He and Sandy are great models of smiling couple in all situations. Godly in all circumstances. Such teamwork! I loved to see them at Drake games and I Cubs too. Sweet memories. Chad and I will look forward to seeing her here and him in heaven when we are all reunited one day.

Terry Blythe

November 20, 2018

I have had the privilege to have known Cap my entire life. We served on the church board together at West Des Moines Open Bible. My love and respect for the entire Ridgway family goes real deep. It was at Cap' s home where my wife and I learned the game of thump thump. Cap we will truly miss you and your warm smile. You have now earned your spiritual reward, enjoy yourself sitting in the presence of Jesus and the big reunion going on with family and friends that have gone on before. Love you God bless.

Laurie Thomas

November 20, 2018

Cap touched so many lives for the good. He had unlimited hugs and Life Saver mints. I'm grateful I had the chance to know him and call him my friend.

justin sheldon

November 20, 2018

Cap was a great man and will be missed by all the lives you have touched over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family now and throughout the holiday season.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Forrest Leigh “Cap” Ridgway, 83, passed away November 19, 2018. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Des Moines First Assembly of God, 2725 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, with a luncheon in the fellowship hall following the service. Graveside services will be at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines after the luncheon. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Des Moines First Assembly of God in Des Moines.

Cap was born in Des Moines, IA on March 30, 1935 to William Forrest and Dortha Irene (Moorman) Ridgway. He graduated in 1953 from Valley High School in West Des Moines. He married the love of his life Sandra Kay (Mosier) Ridgway on September 29, 1956. Cap was a homebuilder in the Des Moines area, raising his family in West Des Moines. He was proud of the fact that the Ridgway’s have graduated 5 generations from Valley High School. He later moved to Van Meter upon retiring where he spent time farming and countless hours mowing his beloved yard where he lived out the rest of his days.

Cap also enjoyed hunting, fishing and had a general love for the outdoors. When not at the co-op, driving around Madison County, or watching his crops grow he was a dedicated season ticket holder for the Iowa Cubs and Drake men’s and women’s basketball teams. He also faithfully attended Drake relays rain or shine.

Cap and Sandy loved hosting gatherings for family, friends and neighbors. You could find him flipping burgers and scooping homemade ice cream for the dozens in attendance. The annual 4th of July and Christmas party with his elaborate light display were highlights of the neighborhood. Cap’s love for cribbage was passed on to the younger generations who would compete with him at the annual Iowa State Fair tournament.

Cap lived his life centered on the foundation of faith, family and friends. Cap’s love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was displayed daily in his Bible reading, devotions, decades of greeting at Sunday morning church and the legacy he leaves behind for his family.

Forrest is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sandra; five children, Forrest Jr. (Laura) Ridgway of West Des Moines and their children, Megan (Matt) McNeece, Forrest “Bif” Ridgway III (Kristy), Parker and Noah Ridgway; twins, Janelle (Steve) Foster of Van Meter and their children, Stacey and Grant Foster; and Jeffrey (Connie) Ridgway of Van Meter and their children, Dan West, Megan West, Matthew (Hannah), Timothy, and Allison Ridgway; David (Rosemary) Ridgway of Johnston and their children, Natalie, Spencer, Sophia, Clarissa, and Joseph Ridgway; Julie (David) Barner of St. Charles, IL and their children, Zachary, Mitchell, Emma, and Samuel Barner; four great-grandchildren, Levi and Logan McNeece, Riley West, and Forrest Ridgway IV, with another great grandson in 2019; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Gay and Lou Friestad; brother, James Ridgway; nephew, Scott Friestad; and several aunts and uncles.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mohammed "Mo" Milhem, nurses, and staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for all the wonderful care they gave to Cap.

Memorials may be directed to Des Moines First Assembly of God, 2725 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines 50310, New Hope Assembly, 4425 70th St. in Urbandale 50322, or the American Cancer Society-Iowa Chapter.