Nelson L. Ridenour, 72

APRIL 10, 1940-MAY 27, 2012

June 05, 2012
  • Ridenour

Nelson Lee Ridenour, 72, of Blue Mountain Estates, Smithsburg, Md., passed away Sunday morning, May 27, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.

He was born April 10, 1940, in Mount Lena, Md. Nelson was the son of the late Milo Andrew and Mildred Rae Clingan Ridenour.

He had many jobs, but retired from the State Highway Administration, Hagerstown, in 2002, after 21 years of employment. Afterward, Nelson moved to West Frankfurt, Ill., to work with Three Angels Broadcasting Network ministry (3ABN). After suffering a stroke, he moved in 2008 back to his hometown, the Hagerstown area.

Nelson Lee was a family historian, musician, magician, friend to all, and a very hard worker.

He became known in the last few years as Smithsburg’s “bicycle man.”

He was rebaptized at Willow Brook Church, where he attended, along with other Seventh-day Adventist churches in the area, including Hagerstown and Waynesboro, Pa.

Nelson was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Earl C. Ridenour Sr.; and infant brother, Arneal.


He is survived by wife, Bonnie Lou Forsythe Ridenour, and daughter, Tracey Lynn, who are currently missionaries in Bolivia; and a nephew, Gerald E. Ridenour Sr., Boonsboro; along with many cousins and friends.

The Ridenours lived in the Hagerstown area at the same time as Jonathan Hager, who founded Hagerstown.

In accordance with family wishes, Nelson’s body was donated to Howard University College of Medicine, Department of Anatomy,Washington, D.C. Austin Royster Funeral Home assisted.

A memorial service will take place at Willow Brook Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8916 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, Md., Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. Pastor Timothy Crosby will officiate. Refreshments will be served after the service. All who knew Nelson are encouraged to attend.

Nelson’s ashes will be interred at Rest Haven Cemetery. Nelson died without funds to pay for even a grave marker. Donations toward his funeral expenses will be gratefully accepted through Willow Brook Church, which can be reached at 301-797-8808.

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