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Thomas Willard Riddle

Thomas Willard Riddle[1]

Male 1900 - 1975  (75 years)

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  • Name Thomas Willard Riddle 
    Born 8 Jul 1900  Irwin, Barton Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Dec 1975  Lamar, Barton Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, Vernon Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12774  Family
    Last Modified 30 Oct 2018 

    Father George Weaver Riddle,   b. 5 Jun 1862, Lucas Co., Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1935, Sheldon, Vernon Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Estella Lee Bryant,   b. 3 Feb 1868, Crab Orchard, Lincoln Co., Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1922, Saint Joseph, Buchanan Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 11 Jun 1890 
    Photos
    George Weaver Riddle
    George Weaver Riddle
    Eli Bryant, Ethel Augusta, Theo Charlotte, George Weaver, Estella Lee holding Thomas Willard Riddle - 1900
    Headstones
    George & Stella Weaver Riddle Tombstone
    George & Stella Weaver Riddle Tombstone
    George Weaver Riddle and Stella Bryant
    George Weaver Riddle tombstone
    Family ID F4338  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Retha Opal Tyree,   b. 4 May 1902, Sheldon, Vernon Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1978, Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 15 Feb 1919  Sheldon, Vernon Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Lela Nadine Riddle,   b. 29 Sep 1919, Sheldon, Vernon Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 2000, Sheldon, Vernon Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Living
    Last Modified 30 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F4295  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, Vernon Co., Missouri Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    George Weaver Riddle
    George Weaver Riddle
    Eli Bryant, Ethel Augusta, Theo Charlotte, George Weaver, Estella Lee holding Thomas Willard Riddle - 1900

  • Notes 
    • "The Nevada Daily Mail" Wednesday Dec. 24, 1975
      Thomas W. Riddle
      Thomas W. Riddle, 75, Sheldon, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Barton county Memorial hospital, Lamar. He had been in failing health the past three years.
      Born July 8, 1900, in Irwin, he was the son of George and Stella Bryant Riddle. He retired in 1956 from the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He attended the United Methodist Church at Sheldon.
      On Feb. 15, 1919, Mr. Riddle married Opal Tyree, and they had spent their entire life in the Sheldon area. She survives of the home.
      Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lela Hornecker and Mrs. Helen Harmon, both of Sheldon; a sister, Mrs. Theo Giger, Irwin; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
      Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Beeny Funeral Chapel, Sheldon with the Rev. Rob Noland officiating; interment in Sheldon Cemetery.
      The family will receive friends between the hours of 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday at Beeny Chapel.

      His parents called him Willard, but as he grew to maturity, most people thought his middle name was William and he was called "Bill" most of his life.

      While he worked at several jobs over the course of his working life, I remember Grandpa Riddle being a member of a 4-man section gang on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, based at Sheldon, MO. Those ganghands were T. W. Riddle, Cecil Malone, Jake Reynolds and Floyd Leininger. They covered an area of track from Milo to Irwin, riding on a section car, that we called a "putt-putt car", making repairs as needed to maintain the tracks. I asked my mother, Helen Riddle Harman how long grandpa worked for the Missouri Pacific, but she was uncertain as to when he went to work for the railroad, but she said he was employed with the railroad, when she graduated from high school, which was 1943. He retired from the railroad in 1956 and had built a house a block from the tracks. I still think about him going out on the front porch, when a train would go through Sheldon and try to guess how many cars were in the train, by the sound of it. I don't think he ever got it right, but it was fun counting the cars with him.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1521] Find A Grave.