Robert Eugene Ridges, 89, passed away April 28, 2020. He was born in the old Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah on March 16, 1931 to Eugene C. Ridges and Jessie Gordon Ridges.
He attended Ogden City schools and graduated from Ogden High School in 1949.
Bob enlisted in the Navy in January 1951 and served aboard three ships in the Far East during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in October of 1954.
Bob married Connie Lovato in Elko, Nevada in 1955. They later divorced.
While working fulltime at Hill AFB in the data processing department, Bob attended Weber College at night and graduated in 1958 with an Associate of Science degree.
In 1963, he went to work for the Burroughs Corp., as a mainframe computer technical representative. During his employment at Burroughs he lived in Germany for six years and several U.S. states.
Bob Married Brenda Nisbett in Basel, Switzerland in 1970.
He retired from the Burroughs Corp., in 1985 and returned to employment with the U.S. Department of Defense at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California in the data processing arena.
Bob and Brenda were divorced in 1990 and he retired as deputy director of Data Processing at El Toro in 1995.
Bob settled in Moab, Utah in 1996 and soon became involved in growing many types of hard-shell gourds from which he created numerous, original works of art. He enjoyed this hobby immensely and was well known around town and in Castle Valley as the “Gourd Guy”
He also enjoyed fishing in the La Sals and riding his ATV on the many trails in southeastern Utah.
His sister, Joanne Post of Scottsdale, Arizona, preceded him in death.
His only child, daughter Kristin M. Ridges and beloved granddaughter, Jessie, survive him.
It was his desire that his remains be cremated and interred, next to his parents, at Aultorest Cemetery in Ogden.
Bob wrote this obituary before his death. That’s not surprising, being the organized, simple and to-the-point man he was. There is so much more to convey, but it was Kristin’s wishes to print his obituary just as he wished. An additional tribute, in his daughter’s words, will be printed at a later date.
Bob will be laid to rest with full military honors on June 6, 2020. Kristin will spread some of his ashes in the Weber River, a place he once fished with his father and was dear to his heart; also in Monticello, Utah, where his grandfather, Latigo Gordon, once roamed, and finally on his property in Moab. Bob insisted until the day he passed that he just wanted to go home to Moab, and he will finally come home. A celebration of his life will be held at that time, where family and friends of Bob will be welcomed to attend and celebrate this truly amazing man. A notification will be published in The Times-Independent once a date is confirmed.
Kristin wishes to express her truly heartfelt thanks to the people of Moab who have offered support in so many ways. Bob wasn’t a social man, but many people knew him. You have probably passed him at the Post Office or City Market. He didn’t wander far. Thank you to the Bleggi family, our caring neighbors, who have kept a steady and caring eye on my father all these years. Thank you to the Lema family for honoring Bob’s artistic talents by selling his works of art for years in their gallery. Thank you to all the kind ladies at the Moab Diner who served my father with a smile.
Thank you to the staff at Moab Medical Center and Moab Regional Hospital for giving my father superb care over the years and, with immense gratitude, thank you to Dr. Jonas Munger for always making my father feel that he was not only in the hands of an outstanding physician, but also a caring friend.
Growing old was the hardest line my father ever had to walk. Dr. Munger helped him do this with dignity and understanding, and for that his family is forever grateful.