Gordon E. Ridgway, 90, of Co. Rt. 57, Phoenix, NY, died peacefully on Saturday in St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.
Born in Newark, NJ, to his late parents, Gordon E. and Maida (Mestler) Ridgway, Sr. on January 2, 1920. He attended SUNY Clarkson.
Gordon served his country during WW II, in the U.S. Army Air Corps, reaching the rank of first lieutenant, piloting a C-47 aircraft in the European Theatre. A participant in the Normandy Invasion, he piloted and dropped paratroopers into France at St. Mer Eglias, as well as many other missions. Gordon received a Bronze Star; Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster for his bravery.
Later he was employed by General Electric Co., Syracuse, after 40 years, retiring in 1985. His son, Allan T. Ridgway pre-deceased him on July 26, 1989.
Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Ellen (Grieve) Ridgway; two daughters, Barbara J. Worns (John Hubbard) both of Richland, Cynthia L. “Cindi” Ridgway of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, Michael Ridgway, Jeffrey Ridgway, Shannon Endsley, Nicole Worns, and James Worns, Jr.; nine great-grandchildren.
Services are at 3 pm on Wednesday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. Calling hours are from 2 pm to 3 pm prior to the service at the funeral home 431 Main St. Spring burial in Phoenix Rural Cemetery with military honors.
Contributions: Phoenix Memorial Post 5540, VFW, 70 Culvert St., Phoenix, NY 13135.