James Joseph Ridge
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James Joseph Ridge
  • December 16, 1948 - April 1, 2017
  • Queen Creek, Arizona

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SFC (Ret) James Joseph Ridge Jr., of Queen Creek, AZ passed away on April 1, 2017 in Mesa, AZ. He was born, December 16, 1948 in Queens, NY to James Joseph and Elizabeth Mildred [Trafford] Ridge. James retired from the U.S. Army after serving an 18 year term and was awarded numerous ribbons and medals. He loved spending time with his family, traveling with his wife, Elizabeth (especially cruising); he also enjoyed NASCAR racing, riding his motorcycle, and assembling models. James was a Viet Nam veteran and very proud of his service to our Country. Throughout his life, James worked as a crew chief, an instructor, a mechanic as well as a computer specialist. James was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Albert Ridge. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Ann Ridge; daughters, Janet Waters, Jacquline (Jason) Schmuhl, and Jodi (Mark) Burnhauser; grandchildren, SSgt Michael (Kimberly) Dicken, Kayla Waters, Collette Schmuhl, Kristof Schmuhl, Victoria Burnhauser and Summer Hartley and his great grandchildren, Elizabeth (Liza) Dicken, Alexandra (Lexi) Dicken, Kaden Bryan and Patrick Conklin Jr. A graveside service will be held Friday, April 7, 9:30 am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix. A Celebration of Life will be held later in the year. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Lung Association or the Wounded Warrior Program. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Garden Funeral Care. (480) 830-4422.