Gary Lee Ridenhour, 66, of Holts Summit, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018, at Capital Region Medical Center.
He was born July 20, 1952, in Jefferson City, the son of the late Roy Lee and Juanita Ruth (Cook) Ridenhour.
Gary served in the Missouri National Guard from 1972-1978.
He was united in marriage on June 2, 1972, in Jefferson City to Deborah Elaine Smith who survives at the home.
Gary was a certified ASE automotive technician working at various dealerships including McKay Buick for 10 years.
Gary and his wife, Deborah spent many summers working with childrens ministry at church summer camps across several states. He also served as a childrens pastor for three years with First Assembly of God and several years with Pentecostal Church of God.
He attended Bible Baptist Church. He was a former Royal Ranger leader and a deacon with Western Hills Assembly of God.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, and playing his bass guitar.
Gary loved his family, spending time with his children and grandchildren. Everyone who knew him will remember him for his generosity, his sense of humor, and for his kindness.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Ridenhour, Holts Summit; three children, Anthony (Molly) Ridenhour, San Diego, CA; Matthew Ridenhour, Jefferson City; Alecia (Tom) Mengwasser, Jefferson City; five grandchildren, Sabrina Ridenhour, Ethan Ridenhour, Isaac Mengwasser, Savannah Mengwasser, Benjamin Mengwasser; two siblings, Deborah Kohl, Holts Summit; Steve (Kim) Ridenhour, Jefferson City; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Smith, Holts Summit; and a brother-in-law, Michael (Belinda) Smith, Holts Summit.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Cristina Ridenhour.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday, July 26, 2018, at Bible Baptist Church.
Funeral service will be 12 noon Thursday, at Bible Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Dignan officiating.
Burial will be in Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to the Lymphoma Society.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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