Lewis L.'s Story
Lewis L. Ridlon, 84, passed away in Gatlinburg on November 10, 2017, with his beloved wife of 40 years, Dorcas, by his side. Lew slipped quietly and peacefully from this world through the pearly gates of Heaven and into the waiting arms of Jesus.
He was born and raised in Haverhill, Mass., and moved to Danville, N.H., in the late 1970s before moving to Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Lewis was a retired Teamster, past Patron Fidelity Chapter #90, O.E.S. 32nd degree Mason, lifelong member of AmVets Post #147 of Haverhill, American Legion Post #34 of Plaistow, NH, and Crescent Yacht Club of Haverhill.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War in the 82nd Airborne and 187 Combat Brigade.
Lew was an active member of AmVets, where he served as Provost Marshall for both local and state. He was honored in 1976 with the Silver Helmet Award.
For many years, he and his wife, Dorcas, traveled with Campers on Mission, an association that does Christian volunteer work, and in 2006 were voted Volunteer Campers of the year.
He was a former member of Island Pond Baptist Church in Hampstead, N.H., and a member of Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg, where he served as an usher and greeter.
Lewis is survived by his wife, Dorcas; daughters, Diana Bujnowski of Revere, Michelle DeFeo and husband, Stephen of Boxford; son, Lewis L. Ridlon, Jr., and his wife, Tammy of Concord, N.H.; stepchildren, Danny Heselton and wife, Lorie of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Jeana DiVincenzo of Providence, R.I.; also brother, Donald Ridlon of Haverhill; sisters, Charlotte Batchelder and husband, Danny of Seneca, S.C., and Carol Rogers of Amesbury, Mass.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Pearl Ridlon; stepdaughter, Julia DiVincenzo; nephew, Stephen Blackey; and sister-in-law, Shirley Ridlon.
Lewis' family will host a memorial service on Saturday, December 9, at 2 p.m., at the West Congregational Church, 767 North Broadway, Haverhill, with Reverend Carlos Paz in charge. Friends are welcome from 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Attn: Building Fund, P.O. Box 1474, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.
Published on December 7, 2017