Former Vail Valley resident, Craig Ridings, 1957-2008
Christian, husband, father, grandfather, businessman and entrepreneur, Craig S. Ridings left this earth on Tuesday to be with his heavenly father.
Craig was born Aug. 12, 1957, in Houston, Texas, the third son of Carol and Frances Ridings.
Craig is survived by his wife of 22 years, Charlene Ruth Howard Ridings; his children, Charlton Glen Ridings and Christian Wade Ridings, of Lakewood, Colo.; granddaughter Kyla Dean Ridings, of Lakewood; parents Carol and Frances Ridings, of Fredrick, Okla.; and brother Russ Ridings, of Flower Mound, Texas. And let’s not forget he is a loved brother-in-law, uncle, and son in-law.
Craig is preceded in death by his eldest brother, Jeff Ridings.
Upon graduation from McArthur High School in 1975 he attended Stephen F. Austin University. He soon began a well traveled career with AMF Tube-scope when he met Charlene.
They were married Aug. 17, 1985, and moved to Colorado to joint venture a rental car agency in the Eagle Valley. His unique entrepreneurial spirit led him to a rare opportunity in the casino business in Blackhawk, Colo., where despite his struggle with multiple sclerosis he was a managing member until the sale of the property.
Craig had many great accomplishments in his life, but felt that his greatest was his family. Craig was a loved and active member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church in suburban Denver. He will be remembered as a man that loved wholly, gave generously, and could smile in the face of adversity. His smile will live on in our hearts.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 5 p.m. at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 1390 Brentwood St., Lakewood, CO 80214. A graveside service is planned for April 12, at 2 p.m., at The Davidson Cemetery in Davidson, Okla.
In lieu of flowers, those interested may send donations to Exempla Lutheran Collier Hospice of Denver, Colorado, 3210 Lutheran Parkway, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, or the Lakewood United Methodist Church.
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