Ridley, Rev. Herman L.


The Rev. Herman L. Ridley, 88, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. 

A son of the late William Valentine and Annie (Rickel) Ridley, he was born March 30, 1932, in Sherrett, Armstrong County.  Herman was a 1950 graduate of Kittanning High School. After high school he attended Transylvania Bible School, where he graduated in 1954. Herman graduated from Grove City College in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts. He attended Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C., and graduated with his Master of Divinity degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1975. Herman received an Honorary Doctorate from Transylvania Bible School in 1988.

After his schooling, Herman began his 60-year career of preaching, first beginning at Kellersburg Lutheran Church in 1954. He then spent 10 years between the Free Methodist churches of Brookville, Cyclone and New Castle. In 1964, he began preaching at the Nazarene Church of Nanty Glo.

Herman would spend the next 27 years serving various United Methodist churches throughout Western Pennsylvania; Brockport UMC from 1967 to 1973, Van UMC 1973 to 1976, Eldred UMC 1976 to 1981, Greensburg Trinity UMC 1981 to 1986, and Brush Valley UMC from 1986 to 1994, retiring from the United Methodist Church in 1994. After retirement he continued to preach at East Brady Baptist Church from 1994 to 1995, and then at St. Jacobs and St. Thomas United Church of Christ, from 1995 to 2015.

Herman is survived by five children: Ruth Heckathorn and husband, James, of Inman, S.C.; Paul Ridley and wife, Mary, of Bradford; Lois Gross and husband, Bruce, of Eldred; Eunice Ridley and Susie Pyer, of Indiana; and Daniel Ridley, of Pittsburgh; two step sons: Eugene "Buck" Kurten and wife Peach, and Randy Kurten and wife Brenda; a brother, Harry Ridley, of Richmond, Ky.; nine grandchildren: Rebecca Mack and husband, Kirby; Christina Vance and husband, Will; Joshua Ridley and wife, Elizabeth; Justin Ridley and wife, Stephanie; Micah Ridley and wife, Jessica; Elizabeth Ridley; Jennifer Askins and husband, Joe; Megan Devens and husband, Brian; and Collin Gross and husband, Cooper; and eight great-grandchildren: Jesse Mack; Lily Vance; Jacob Ridley; Abigail Ridley; Sarah Ridley; Ada Rose Ridley; Caroline Ridley; and Rawlin Burkhouse.

In addition to his parents, Herman was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Lucile (Shellito) Ridley, whom he married on Nov. 4, 1955, and passed in 1989; his second wife, Lorna (Kurten) Ridley, whom he married on Nov. 16, 1991, and passed in 2007; two sisters: Hazel Bowser and Elsie Boofer; and a step-daughter, Karen Heilbrun.

Friends and family were received at Robinson-Lytle-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 36 N. 7th St., Indiana.  Interment was held at Brush Valley United Methodist Cemetery.
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