|Glenn Riddell, Jr.|
|Date Of Birth:||01/15/1923|
|Date Of Death:||04/19/2012|
|Service Date:||Funeral service at 11:00 am on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Eureka Christian Church. Visitation on Thursday evening from 4-7 pm at the church and one hour before services on Friday at the church.|
Reverend Glenn E. Riddell Jr, 89, of Eureka, IL, passed away at
7:40 pm on Thursday April 19, 2012 at the Apostolic Christian Home
of Eureka where he was a resident.
He was born on January 15, 1923 in Memphis, TN to Glenn E. and
Neva Mitchum Riddell Sr. He married Margaret D. Lowe on December
28, 1947 in Washington D.C. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Rebecca (Jeff) Steenrod of
Peoria; Rachel (Tom) Blakeman of Pontiac; Robin Joy (Bob) Rose of
Havre De Grace, MD; two sons, Glenn L.D. Riddell (John Capizzi)
Sausalito, CA; Kent E. Riddell of Lakemoor, IL; one sister, Joyce
Cook of Fredericks, MD; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Grace Ford; and two
brother-in-laws, Rev. Gerald Ford and Rev. Robert Cook.
Glenn was a retired minister carrying on a long family
tradition. His grandfather was a beloved minister of the Christian
Church and his parents were devoted members. Glenn's two sisters
both married Christian Church ministers also.
Glenn graduated from the American University in 1944 and entered
graduate school at Yale University. He received his Masters
Divinity degree in 1947 and after his ordination at National City
Christian Church in Washington, D.C. began his ministry in Tucson,
AZ. This started a career in the ministry that took him to Tempe,
AZ; Chico, CA; Des Moines, IA; and Eureka, IL.
He served as chaplain and religious studies instructor at Eureka
College for 17 years, retiring in 1988. After retirement Glenn had
served as interim minister in Oakwood, IL; West Lafayette, IN;
Boomington, IL; Peoria, IL; Canton, IL; and Carlock, IL.
Besides serving his congregation, Glenn was also active in the
communities in which he lived. He was a member and past president
of the Lion's Club in Chico, CA; and also a member and past
president of the Eureka Rotary where he was awarded the
distinguished Paul Harris Fellow award. He also was involved with
the inception of the College of Professional Christian Ministers in
Illinois and Wisconsin and had served as their president, treasurer
and area Dean.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday April 27,
2012 at the Eureka Christian Church. The Rev. Jennie Churchman and
Rev. Scott Woolridge will officiate. Visitation will be held from
4-7 pm on Thursday at the Eureka Christian Church and from 10-11 am
on Friday also at the church before the service. Private burial
will be in Olio Township Cemetery. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral
Home in Eureka is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Eureka Christian Church or to the College of Professional Christian
Ministers. Online condolences may be sent to the family at