Robert Jonathan Ridlington passed away in Spokane, WA on February 24, 2012. Robert was born in Spokane, July 10, 1981 to John and Susan Ridlington. He was raised in Kettle Falls, WA and graduated from Kettle Falls High School in the year 2000. Robert resided in Spokane.
Growing up, Robert was an avid outdoorsman. On any given summer afternoon you could find Robert somewhere on Lake Roosevelt, whether it be fishing, wake boarding, tubing, swimming, or camping. He also loved hunting, and in his younger years he was very involved in the Boy Scouts, progressing to the Rank of Star Scout.
Sports were Robert’s passion. His size and strength were impressive. He was a four year letterman in football and was chosen as All State in his senior year. He was a two-time State Wrestler and the first wrestler in Kettle Falls HS to win the Regionals, which led to a scholarship to Yakima Valley College. He was named in Washington State’s Who’s Who in high school sports for his accomplishments in both wrestling and football.
Robert was a proud member of the Forest Service Family on the Colville National Forest, working as a seasonal for three summers. He worked in Fire and Recreation. He loved being off in some remote part of the country fighting a forest fire and heading up the fireline crew.
Robert was larger than life and anyone who knew him personally will have been left with a lasting impression of respect. His fierce character on the mats, gridiron, or fireline was the opposite of his personality in life. He was your classic “Gentle Giant “. When you saw him you needed to get prepared for a big hug. Robert enjoyed playing the guitar, his favorite pets were lizards, and he loved eating. Rob valued his friends; his Kettle Community friendships were strong and enduring.
Robert is survived by his parents, John and Susan Ridlington; his brother David Segerman; niece and nephew Andrew and Felicia; grandmother Pat Zimmerman; aunts and uncles, Don and Patrick Zimmerman, Nancy Spinner, Jim and Joe Ridlington, Jane Hess and their families.
Memorial service will be held Friday, March 9th, 3:00 PM at the Kettle Falls Community Church, 170 E 5th, Kettle Falls, WA. Flowers can be delivered to the church from 10am to 2pm.
Donations can be made to “Save the Kettle Falls Pool”, checks payable to the Kettle Falls Rotary Club; dropped off at the City Hall or mailed to: Kettle Falls Rotary Club, c/o Save the Pool Committee, PO Box 1177, Kettle Falls, WA 99141.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their kindness and support
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