Stephen E. Riddle
Stephen E. Riddle
  • May 4, 1941 - September 26, 2011
  • Boonsboro, Maryland

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On Monday, September 26, 2011 Stephen E. Riddle of Boonsboro, MD. Friends are invited to join family for a viewing at the Arlington Funeral Home, 3901 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203 on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 2-4 PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggest from two charities dear to Stephen. Organ/tissue donation through the Living Legacy Foundation, 1730 Twin Springs Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21227 ( or the American Legion, Veteran Advocacy Support at A graveside burial service will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 2 PM in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Arlington Funeral Home, Arlington, VA.

Born, May 4th, 1941, in Decherd, TN, to Susan Mae (Tucker) and John B. Riddle. Moved to Chicago, IL, in his early childhood. Joined the Army at age 17, December 5th, 1958. Served overseas in Panama, Korea, Germany, and in the Vietnam War. Retired after 25 years of service, as a Master Sergeant (E-8), June 15th, 1983 with the following awards: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters, meaning, it was awarded on three different occasions), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award, one awarded for every three years of good service, total 24 years), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device (awarded by former South Vietnam for those serving a period of no less than six months from 1960 on), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm (awarded by former South Vietnam for individual service members who accomplished deeds of valor or displayed heroic conduct while fighting an enemy force), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4, number of overseas countries or territories served), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citations (2nd Award), Expert Badge (M-14), and the Meritorious Service Medal. Joined Civil Service in 1985 and served for 10 years before being medically retired due to a massive heart attack (sustained in 1993). Received a heart transplant in July, 2002, able to witness the birth of three additional grandchildren as a result, and took joy in various hobbies and outdoor life: fishing, walks by the lake, as well as a trip to his hometown in Tennessee. He was very involved with his grandchildren and family until this last bout with pneumonia took his life. He is survived by his wife, Rosa, of 42 years, whom he met while stationed in Germany; his three children (in birth order), Tanja, Deborah, and Richard (wife, Renee); his four grandchildren, Justin (17) and sister Sophia (1), Anthony (8) and brother Malakai (2); and five of 10 siblings (in birth order), Mildred, Sarah, Linda, Louie, and Mary. We wish to thank the medical and nursing teams who have worked with Stephen over the years: John's Hopkins Cardiology, Pulmonary, Urology, Dermatology, Neurology, the Transplant Team, and nursing staff in the CCU; various therapists at John's Hopkins, Howard County General, and Hagerstown Physiotherapy; VA Medical Centers in Baltimore and Martinsburg; and the American Legion-especially Valerie Cochran who worked tirelessly advocating for service-connected compensation on Stephen's behalf. Stephen will be greatly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

In Memoriam
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effort.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
just around the corner.
All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again.

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