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Virgil Ridenour

May 26, 2022

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Virgil Marion Ridenour 86, died at his home in Baker City on May 26, 2022.  A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

Virgil (Mert to his family and friends in Texas and Oklahoma) was born at Spanish Fort, Texas on Sept. 18, 1935.  His father was Jacob Allen Ridenour from Grady, Oklahoma
and his mother was Ona Rich of Spanish Fort, Texas.  He had three older brothers and two younger sisters.  The family lived in Roland, Texas and moved to Henrietta, Texas where he started school.  They moved to Stanfield, Texas, then to Humphreys, Oklahoma where he graduated high school in 1954.

Virgil joined the U.S. Navy in July 1954. He was trained as an Aviation Technician, served with Fighter Squadron 84, went to Cuba twice and to the Mediterranean and England.  He received an Honorable Discharge in July 1962.  Virgil went to Cameron Jr. College in Lawton and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering.  In Sept. 1963, he started working for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon, then North Bend, Oregon, assigned to Power System Control. 

While he was in Portland he met Judy Hawley and they married July 12, 1964.  They have a son, Hayden Scott and a daughter, Bethany Corinne.  The family lived in North Bend/Coos Bay, then Eugene, Dexter and Pleasant Hill.  They traveled to Texas and Oklahoma frequently to visit family and friends.  When Virgil retired from BPA in 1990, after 32 years, he and Judy moved to Terrebonne in Central Oregon and raised Angus and Longhorn cattle for several years.  They retired again and moved to Baker City in 2019. 

Virgil enjoyed fishing, gardening, working with his property, playing cribbage, and his pet cats and dogs.  Special highlights of his life included when he and Judy traveled to Hawaii for their 25th wedding anniversary.   When he went to Australia in 1996 to visit Hayden and when Virgil and Judy enjoyed a cruise to Alaska with Hayden and his wife Bala, granddaughter Maya, and Bala’s parents in  2004.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, near and far. 

Virgil is survived by his wife Judy, son Hayden, daughter Bethany, and granddaughter Maya and grandson Rohan, one brother Jacob Theophilas Ridenour and one sister Nona Nadine Smith.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Virgil the family suggests either the Baker City Christian Church, Heart n' Home Hospice, or the Baker County Ambulance Dept. through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home PO BOX 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences can be shared at

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