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Russell Junior Riddle

Dec 8, 2023

Russell Junior Riddle was born on 25 March 1939, the seventh child of Russell Monroe and Vivetta (Henderson) Riddle. He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints giving service wherever needed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Hilda, four brothers, James, Buddie, George, and Randy, and six sisters, Deana (Johnny) Dickerson), Corral Ann (George) Balsai, Beverly (Lee) VanderDoes, and Janice (Glen) Johnson. He is survived by six sisters, Betty (Arlo) Egbert, Dorretta Riddle, Karen Gary (Andrews), Linda Riddle, Lorraine (Rex) Hammer and Grace Riddle.

Russ was the third boy in the family and was loved very much by his family. He attended Ogden City School and graduated from Ogden Senior High School. He delivered papers for Ogden Standard Examiner and was hired by a good friend to deliver telegraph messages for Western Union Telegraph. He attended Steven’s Henagar Business College where he earned an Associate Degree in Business. He was hired by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) beginning his career in Ogden, UT. After a working visit to the IRS in West Virginia, he transferred his job there permanently. He met Hilda Ash there and chased her until she finally dated him and then married him. They were later sealed as husband and wife in the Salt Lake Temple. After Hilda’s retirement from IRS, Russell eventually retired, and they moved back to Utah.

While in West Virginia, Russ was a member of the Stake Presidency serving as an Executive Clerk, and then later served as a counselor in their Ward Bishopric. He and Hilda met in a small building for their Church Meetings and eventually were instrumental in helping build one of the first chapel in the West Virginia area and President N. Eldon Tanner, First Counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the chapel.

Russ loved his family and used to tease all of us, even his mom, continually untying her apron. He loved to fish with mom and dad, and he loved to bowl. He and Hilda joined a bowling team in West Virginia, and it was an exciting night when Russ finally bowled his “300” game and brought home a trophy. He became a great “Phase 10” card game player often beating his sisters in a game or two. He never questioned helping anyone in his family, even opening his pocketbook, if needed. He will truly be missed. Most of all, Russ was a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Services will be at Leavitt’s Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, on 11 December, with a viewing at 10 am followed by services at 11 am. Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest memorial Park.