John Riddell


John Riddell

John Riddell

John ‘Jack’ Riddell, 84, of New Harmony, Indiana and formerly of Griffin, Indiana, born December 30, 1929 to Ralph and Nellie Mae (McMurry) Riddell, died on May 30, 2014.
Jack graduated from Brazil (Indiana) High School, where he played football; he later played in college as well. He served in the Air Force for four years. He worked as a Petroleum Geologist from the 1960s to the 2000s. He had a great sense of humor; in the 1980s, he was under contract to Jay Leno to write jokes for ‘The Tonight Show.’ He is in the Indiana Oil and Gas Association’s Hall of Fame, and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Professional Geologists of Indiana. He served on many boards, including Rush Creek Oil and the Posey County Community Foundation. He was a District Governor of Ruritan and President of the Indiana-Kentucky Geological Society.
He is survived by his wife Audree (McMillan) Riddell of New Harmony, his two children, Jill Riddell of Chicago and Tim Riddell of Milford, Delaware, two granddaughters Della and Jacqueline Brown, three sisters, Helen Vanes and Sally Mahoney of Oregon and Norma Murphy of Lake Forest, Illinois.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Gregory Riddell, and two sisters, Gloria Raab and Marguerite Leachman.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in New Harmony, Indiana with burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Griffin, Indiana.
Friends may call Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Werry Funeral Home in New Harmony, Ind., from 5-7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Posey County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.werryfuneralhome.com.

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