Joe Allen Ridge, 57, passed away at his home in Sheridan, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday morning, Oct. 31, 2020.
Born July 25, 1963 in Noblesville, he was the son of Phillip and Martha (Merritt) Ridge.
Mr. Ridge was a man of vision and entrepreneurial spirit. He never met a problem or a challenge that he couldn't solve, and he often found a way to make the solution profitable. He was a scrapper for many years, both independently and as partner with John Ridge at Ridge and Son Recycling. Much more than a junk man, he was a true recycling specialist. If there was an ounce of profit to be had in an item, Joe could find it, separate it, and turn it into cold hard cash. He also owned and operated Ridge and Son Towing in Sheridan.
Never one to sit and be idle, Mr. Ridge loved going to auctions, flea markets, and swap meets, usually looking for anything International Harvester related, although nothing was truly off the table. He had the gift of being a natural "horse trader." He could barter and haggle with the best of them. That was a useful skill when it came to getting rid of the countless cars he restored over the years. Mr. Ridge had a passion for old cars. He enjoyed going to car shows, but really loved getting his hands on an old junker, making it run, getting rid of it, and starting the whole process all over again. Truth be told, he probably fixed up and sold more cars than most car dealerships.
At the end of the day, what Mr. Ridge was most passionate about was his family, especially his grandkids.
Survivors include his mother, Martha (Merritt) Ridge; son, Joe Allen (Mindy) Ridge, II of Sheridan; daughters, Tiffany Renae Campbell of Evansville, Miranda (TJ) Paige Bentzen of Cairo, Neb., Kimberly Renae Hansen of Evansville and Adrian Suzanne (Brad) Sutton of Palmetto, Fla.; grandchildren, Summer, Nakayla, Kaleb, Sidney, Linzy, Ellie, Mariah, Naomi, Aiden, Harmony, Daphnie, Nora, Atlas and Tyler; brother, Jesse Melvin Ridge of Lebanon; sisters, Christina Barnett of Appleton, Wisconsin, Marty (Fred) Garland of Lizton, Melissa (George) Bradley of Sheridan, Phyllis (Paul) Laney of North Vernon, Lonetta (Chris) Cooper of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Andrea Ridge of Sheridan; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Ridge; wife, Penny Ridge; daughters, Jessica Ridge and Stephanie Marie Cooper; grandson, Spencer Hansen; and his canine BFF, his basset hound, Jake.
Public visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, Nov. 6 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. The Rev. Harrell Wilson will be officiating.
Strict COVID precautions will be observed, including the wearing of masks.
Memorial contributions may be presented to Kercheval Funeral Home, P.O. Box 42, Sheridan, Indiana 46069, to help defray funeral expenses.