Darryl Dean Ridgely was born on May 10, 1939 in Clark County, Missouri at his grandparents’ home to Harry Vernon Ridgely (Shorty) and Edna Mae Bash Ridgely. He attended Derrahs Grade School, Williamstown Grade School and Williamstown High School. He joined the Air Force in 1957 and later attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga TN and Hannibal LaGrange College, Hannibal MO.
On December 7, 1957, he married Delores Reitz, who died in 2004. Together they had 5 children: Judith Ann, David Nehemiah, Winona Kay, Grace Elaine and Deanna Sue. He married Martha Bentley Sears on April 8, 2005.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Marvin (Louise), wife, Delores and daughter, Judith Ann.
He is survived by wife, Martha, children, David (Debra), Winona (Art), Grace and Deanna (Kurt). Step-children, Brenda Johnston, Mike (Stacie) Richmond, Rona (Chris) Nelson, Christy (Mimi) Richmond. Grandchildren, Erin (Nick) Broughton, Megan and Joshua Ridgely, Adryanna & Ian Smith, Nick & Emalie Ruffy, Trevor (fiancée Bree) and Carissa Winters. Step-grandchildren Emily (Doug) Kueker, Kaitlin (Erik) Ingerslew, Matt Wood (fiancée Danielle), Marlie (Brandon) Burgess, Amber and McKenzie Richmond, McKenna, Jacob, Elise and Evie Nelson. Great-grandchild Paisley Broughton and step-great-grandchildren Gavin and Luke Burgess. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Darryl received Christ as his Savior in 1956 and surrendered to preach while serving in the Air Force in Harlingen TX in 1958. He pastored churches for over 50 years in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. He served at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Gorin, MO (5 yrs), Bel Air Baptist Church, Keokuk IA (13 yrs), Mt Zion Baptist Church, Shelbyville MO (6 yrs), Cairo Baptist Church, Cairo MO (7 yrs). After his retirement in 2001, he served as Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church, Macon MO (2 yrs), First Baptist Church, Laurie, MO, First Baptist Church, Fayette, MO, Pleasant Woods Baptist Church, Salisbury MO, Horseshoe Bend Baptist Church, Lake Ozark MO, First Baptist Church, Lancaster MO, First Baptist Church, Atlanta MO. Darryl preached in over 150 different churches in revivals and bible conferences. Several ministers and missionaries were called to serve the Lord during his pastorates.
In addition to his preaching vocation, in 1968, he began working as a Farm Bureau Insurance Agent in Clark Co., MO and continued for 18 years. He won several sales awards while with Farm Bureau. He (with son, David) purchased an Independent Insurance Agency in Shelbina, MO in 1986 and went on to purchase other agencies in Macon, Paris, Madison, Monroe City and Bowling Green. He operated these until his retirement in 1999. He also operated Ridgely Real Estate from 1973 until 2004.
During his retirement, Darryl enjoyed playing golf, travelling, wintering in Arizona, spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren, eating out, playing cards and serving the Lord.
After many years of faithful service to the Lord, Darryl went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in the presence of his family.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 5 to 7 pm at the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon, MO. A second visitation will be Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Providence Baptist Church in Williamstown, MO. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 2 pm at the Providence Baptist, with interment following in the Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. Family suggest memorials to the Open Arms Baptist Church Building Fund or Gideons International. Services are under the direction of Wilson Funeral Service in Kahoka, MO.