Jack L. Ridings, age 85, of Gladstone, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Jack was born April 30, 1926 in Escanaba. He was raised in Gladstone and graduated from Gladstone High School where he excelled in basketball and football. Following high school, Jack enlisted in the United States Navy where he served in the North Atlantic during WWII. Upon his honorable discharge, Jack attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Jack was married to his wife Christine (Dunsmore) for 68 years and together they raised one daughter, Ann. Jack retired from The Milwaukee Railroad/ Soo Line as regional personnel director. He was a member of Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post #71. Jack enjoyed the outdoors, flying airplanes, deer hunting and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife Christine, Jack is survived by:
Daughter: Ann (Martin) Bakken of Holt, MI
Brother: Jim (Carol) Ridings of Hacienda Heights, CA
Grandchildren: Ben (Rachel) Bakken