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Columbia Missourian

Robert "Gene" Riddell 11/5/1958 - 12/24/2012

By Susan Myers
December 29, 2012 | 6:34 p.m. CST

Robert Eugene “Gene” Riddell, Jr., age 54, of Columbia MO, passed away at his home, December 24, 2012 after a year-long battle with cancer.

Gene was born at Boone Hospital, Columbia MO on November 5, 1958 to parents Robert Eugene “Bob” Riddell, Sr. and Betty Jean Bentlage Riddell (Traxler). Gene was preceded in death by both parents. Gene was proud to be a “Boone County Boy” attending Columbia Public Schools and was a member of the graduating class of 1976 . On April 8, 1980, Gene married Sherry Lee in Columbia. He is survived by a daughter of this marriage, Robin Jean Cameron (husband Jason Cameron) of Red Lodge, Suffolk, England.

On May 27, 1983 Gene married Lynne Brooks of Columbia. He is survived by two children of this marriage: Matthew Owen Riddell, of Auxvasse, and Samantha Jane Riddell, of Columbia. Gene is also survived by a son, Ashton Julius Lindsey age 7 of Columbia. For the past two years Gene has been blessed to share his life with and is survived by his fiancé, Susan McGee of the home. He was the proud grandfather to five: Alyssa, Zachary, Sydney, Aidan and Kiersten. Gene was the second child of four and is survived by two sisters: Deborah J. Bass, of Auxvasse, and Susan Myers, of Columbia, and one brother Michael Riddell, of Keytesville, and a half-sister, Victoria Stuart, of Clarksburg, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Gene enjoyed Cub Scouts as a child, collected coins, was a 4-H member and later a 4-H leader for his two middle children. He grew up with a love for horses. He eventually traded his horse for a Willy’s Jeep. Gene’s enjoyed various career positions in the automotive world. Town ‘N Country Tires and Batteries was the family business for many years, which is where Gene began his love for this industry. Westside Automotive was where Gene held his first management position. Gene managed several other auto parts stores including Big A Auto parts / NAPA Automotive. He was distinguished by numerous sales awards over the years.

Gene was passionate when it came to his support of “locally grown.” It is doubtful that you would find anything in his home that wasn’t “made in the USA.” He was adamant about recycling and also very intent on neatness, organization and cleanliness. He had a big love for racing and for him to meet our local Nascar hero, would’ve been a huge day for Gene. He loved to grill and helped his sister Susan at her annual appreciation BBQ a few times – cooking for over 150! He loved gardening, remodeling his house and was particular about his tools engraving them with his SSN, taking them in every night, keeping them organized and clean.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Dr. Houssain, Dr. Westgate, Dr. Aggrawal and Dr. Hayes along with their staff, Social Worker Debi Filer, Gene’s favorite nurse at Ellis Fischel Hospital, Willard, and Dr. Kim at University Hospital and Clinics. We would also like to thank our dear friends and family for their support and encouragement: Edi Coleman, Theresa Curtis, Lee Stidham, Bob Minuet, Crown Power and Equipment, Phil and Carolyn Bentlage, J. Myers, Joey Gormus, John Meyers, Raphael Ortiz, Mike and Sheri Croy, Brenda Koebel,

We will never be able to sufficiently express our gratitude to Gene’s fiance’ Susan McGee for her never ending love and devotion to Gene during his illness. His glass was always half full and he called every gal “sweetheart.” He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

The family of Gene Riddell will celebrate his life in a memorial visitation on Sunday January 6th 2013 at the Columbia Board of Realtors office located at I-70 Dr. NW Columbia, MO. There will be a family brunch from 11 – 1:00 with the public and friends being received between 1 – 4:00 pm. A Memorial BBQ Celebration of Life will be held later in the spring so his daughter from England can attend. Date, time and place to be announced.

Memorial contributions for the minor child can be made payable to JMJ Tax Accounting Services, financial representative.