Lemley Chapel
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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Walter Keith Ridgley Memorial
Walter Keith Ridgley Memorial

Walter Keith Ridgley

Walter Keith Ridgley

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Walter Keith Ridgley, 79, moved on to be with his Heavenly Father Wednesday July 4, 2018. He was born at the train station in Thistle, Utah February 16, 1939 to Anna Musser and Walter E. Ridgley. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963.
He married Gwen Hazel Sheriff in Orem, Utah October 7, 1961. They had two beautiful Children April and Aaron. Gwen passed away in April of 1987. Keith was lucky enough to find love a second time and married Elaine Welch January 21, 1989. He adopted her two youngest boys Tom and Joe. Soon after they were sealed as a family for time and eternity in The Bellevue Washington LDS Temple.
Keith retired from Boeing, and then spent 11 years working at the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce as the transportation manager. He loved meeting new people and took great pride in his work. Keith served as Citizen Patrol volunteer for the Sedro Woolley police department until the day he died. Keith was a loving giving man who cared very deeply for his family and friends. He worked tirelessly to serve those he loved. He enjoyed fishing and spending times with his friends.
Keith is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter, April (Gary) Raush; sons, Aaron Ridgley, Tom (Candace) Ridgley, Joe (Jen) Ridgley; stepsons, Scott (Stacy) Sides, Trent (Paulette) Sides; step daughter, Pam (Randy) Martin. He cherished all 25 of his grandkids, and 13 great grandkids, with 2 more on the way. He is preceded in death by his first wife Gwen and 1 Granddaughter Sara.
Services will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018 At the Sedro-Wooley LDS Church. 1122 McGargile Road. Services will begin at 10:00am. Lunch will be served in the cultural hall at the church for family and friends immediately following the service.


  • Tamara Tuttle

    Christmas’ spent at Uncle Keith’s Sandy, UT house. Being feed scrambled eggs by him when small. Good memories, Happy times!

  • Lisa Gibson

    Uncle Keith was the best! I always loved going to their house as a child. There was never a dull moment when Uncle Keith was around.
    He and Elaine made many visits to Snowflake to visit mom and dad. They also came back and helped with mom during the end of her battle, which was very much appreciated. Uncle Keith“broke” her out of Sierra Blanca for a day and took her for a long ride.
    Our love and prayers for family. I am sure it was a great reunion on the other side. He will be missed!

  • Susan and Donald Camacho

    Uncle Keith was one of my favorites! He always made me laugh. I know he will leave a void in many hearts here, but I’m sure the reunion with his family that has passed on was amazing! We extend our condolences and love to all the family.

  • Susan Haymond Carlson

    Elaine, (Lanie) Just by chance I saw your dear husbands obituary. I’m so sorry he’s gone. I know you adored him and that he was a wonderful person, husband and father. You’ve been able to cherish your relationship for 29 years and you will be his through the eternities. I’m sure you will miss him terribly, and so will all those who love him. We’ll be thinking of you tomorrow and wishing we could be there with you to honor him. Much love, your cousin Susan

  • Bruce Jacobson

    Uncle Keith was the greatest. I always loved to listen to his stories, especially around the campfire up in Lake Fork. Our condolences to Elaine and their family. RIP my friend.

  • Debbie Walker

    R.I.P. Uncle Keith. I am so glad that I got to see you two year’s ago, you will be missed. Elaine, you and you’re family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Darlene Newell

    I will call you, Elaine. I am so sad to hear of Keith’s passing. Please take care of yourself.

  • Renee Carroll

    Keith was such a wonderful friend to my mom, Dee Moore. She cherished his friendship and their visits together. I know they will be continuing their forever friendships together with our heavenly Father.

  • Brent and Sabrina Starks

    Uncle Keith was an amazing man. Our love
    and prayers are with you.

  • Lynn Toennessen

    Elaine, my dear Upline leader and friend, I am so stunned…so deeply sorry for your loss. Keith was a wonderful, kind man, and I’m glad I had the pleasure of meeting him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love and a big bear hug to you!

  • Vicki Shondel

    Keith was a wonderful person. He always cared about us. How we were doing, what we were doing to the house and the yard.
    Our prayers are with your family.

  • Beth Simmons

    You will be missed brother Keith. May you rest in peace. We love you Elaine and you are in our prayers.

  • Serena Kafalava (Sister Mather)

    Brother Ridgley, a smile and sense of humour that I will remember forever. Oh how happy the angels are to receive a stalwart son back into heaven.

  • Dawn and Mike Holcomb

    We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and Love to you and your family.
    Dawn and Mike

  • Elizabeth Price

    My heart goes out to Elaine and the entire family. What a joy to know that families are forever. Keith was a wonderful man.

    Elizabeth Price

  • Chris McInelly

    Keith taught me many valuable life lessons. He was a great friend and I loved to spend time with bim. I always felt like a better person after being with him. I will miss him.

  • Chris Jadwin

    Keith – you were certainly one of a kind and will be missed by many. Thanks for being so authentic. You were great to talk to and fun to hang out with. Look out heaven, Mr. Personality is on his way.