Bradley J Ridenour (55) from Hilliard, Ohio, passed away February 3, 2024 from complications following a heart attack on February 2. He was surrounded by his family whom he loved with all his heart; they were his reason for being and he left this world far too soon. Come Sail Away (Styx) was playing in the background as he continued his journey, which was the first dance song at his wedding to Veronica more than 30 years ago.
Brad was born in Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Kenton Ridge High School, where he played soccer and tennis. Brad graduated from OSU with a BS in Industrial Systems Engineering. He was able to retire young after working as an ergonomist for the Bureau of Workers Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene for 31 years and had so many plans for retirement. He had started his own consulting business, was traveling more and was making plans to rehab a small bus to explore the U.S. He had a quick wit and would help anyone with anything. He wasn't afraid to try new things, even when they were outside his comfort zone, like acting, just so he could spend more time with his wife. He could fix anything, and loved to problem solve. He was a varsity shooter for OSU's pistol team, enjoyed kayaking, and smoking cigars accompanied by a nice bourbon. He always liked to learn how to do new things, and had a wealth of knowledge, was an outside of the box thinker and usually figured out the best way to do something, even if that meant not following the directions that were inside the box. He was tenacious, some might have called that stubborn but in a good way. Brad is survived by Veronica, his beloved wife of 32 years, his children Renee, Dana and Maxwell, his parents Tim and Linda Ridenour, his brother Brent (Kim), sister-in-law Katie (Jeff) and brother-in-law TJ (Stacy) and his nieces and nephews Brianna, Cameron, Ben, Jim, Rafe and Archie. Brad was so much more than a few words on a page. The hole he has left in everyone's hearts can never be completely filled, but life will go on for us and he will always be following closely behind.
The family will receive visitors at Tidd Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard OH Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 11am-1pm with a memorial at 1pm. There will be a celebration of life gathering at Heritage Golf Club, 3525 Heritage Club Dr., Hilliard OH from 2:00-4:00pm.
“I'm sailing away... We lived happily forever, so the story goes, but somehow, we missed out, on the pot of gold, but we'll try, best that we can, to carry on”
In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the lifesaving efforts that were made in the attempt to save his life. https://www.gofundme.com/f/bradley-j-ridenour-memorial?member=32229327&sharetype=teams