Stewart James Ridenour, Jr.

Stewart ‘Stew’ Ridenour, 80, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away April 9, 2014 at home. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday April 12, 2014 at Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 1229 W. 31st Street (corner of 31st and Crysler) Independence, MO, with a visitation beginning one hour prior at 10 AM. Mr. Ridenour was born May 4, 1933 in Kansas City, MO to Stewart, Sr and Mildred (Pewitt) Ridenour. He graduated from Raytown High School in 1951, and attended a Kansas City area junior college where he studied engineering. He used his new knowledge as a machinist for Bendix, and later opened his own machine shop.  After selling his machine shop he went to work for General Business Services (GBS) as a CPA, becoming a corporate officer and trainer. He enjoyed working with small businesses and building relationships with his clients. After his time with GBS, he returned to work as a machinist and a seasonal employee with H&R Block. He served 17 years in the US Naval Reserve, and 8 years as a reserve police officer and Detective in Raytown.  He loved square dancing and was a skilled caller, he also enjoyed his time on the golf course and general tinkering with electronics. He was a devoted Christian and a member and leader of many Baptist churches throughout his life, concluding as an active member of Beverly Hills Baptist. Above all, he was a devoted husband and father.  Stewart was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Brenda Sue, and sister Joann.  He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Janet (Forrest) Simpson, son James Ridenour, sister Carol Ryan, grandson Matthew (Tabatha) Simpson, a great-granddaughter Audrey Simpson and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions to Parkinson’s Research or Crossroads Hospice.


  1. Lyse Wells on April 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss, Janet. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  2. Larry and Connie Davis on April 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and please know that your family will remain in our prayers. Im sure its a comfort knowing you will see him again.

  3. Cam Barnds on April 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Shirley- We are sadden that Stewart has departed This world for his Place with the Lord.You have such wonderful support of family and friends.

    Please know our early years as a friend and Classmate were Special. Our interests were so similar. I am sure we will meet again.
    Raytown is a special place for Me. Cam (class 51) and Doris Barnds

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