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Jeffery L. Ridenour

October 27, 1981 ~ April 23, 2022 (age 40)


Jeffery L. Ridenour, 40, of Van Wert, went to be with his Heavenly Father April 23rd, 2022.

He was born on October 27, 1981, in Van Wert, the son of Keith Ridenour and the late Christie Lynn (Stevens) Ridenour. On May 15, 2008, he married Colleen Valentine. Together, they shared years of memories.

He enjoyed writing songs on his guitar, writing poetry, and studying the Bible. Jeff had a passion for creating beauty and sharing it with the world. He was filled with a generous spirit that touched everyone who knew him. Jeff was a beloved husband, a loving son, a wonderful brother, a terrific uncle, and a caring friend. He will always be remembered, loved, and missed.

Surviving are his wife, Colleen Valentine; father, Keith Ridenour; sister, Britney (Jason Long) Ridenour; nieces: Aleah and Avianna Long; all of Van Wert; grandparents: Donald W. Stevens; Ray and Imogene Ridenour; aunts: Cheryl (Mike) Bruns, Meisa (Doug) Coplin, Melanie (Tom) Norman, Vanessa Stevens; uncle, Steve Ridenour as well as numerous cousins.

In addition to his mother, Jeff was preceded in death by his grandmother, Gretna L. (Dempsey) Stevens.

Services will be observed privately by family and friends.

In keeping with Jeff's love of animals, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be sent to Van Wert Humane Society.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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