John E. Riddle, age 87, of Roanoke, formerly of Dublin, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11. 2012, in the VA Medical Center, Salem.
He was born March 31, 1925, in Big Stone Gap. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Hardy and Veta Lee Riddle, and sister, Betty Riddle, all of Dublin.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific as an amphibious tank commander. He reenlisted in the 2nd Armored Division and was stationed at Camp Hood, Texas. He had been very active throughout the years in service organizations. He served as commander of American Legion Post 225, Dublin, commander and district commander of VFW 1184, Pulaski and commander of DAV Chapter 29, Christiansburg. He was also a lifetime member of the Pulaski County Lifesaving Crew.
He is survived by one brother, Fred Riddle of Bluefield, W.Va.; son, John Dean of Gainesville, Fla.; daughters, Lee of Venice, Calif., Pamela of Roanoke, and Patrice of Winter Park, Fla., and grandchildren, Brynn, Court, Lauren and Taylor.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at noon, at Bower Funeral Chapel, 1631 Bob White Blvd., Pulaski, with the Rev. Bobby Ward officiating. Pulaski VFW Post 1184 will conduct military gravesite rites at Highland Memory Gardens in Dublin following the service at the chapel.
The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until service hour at Bower Funeral Home.
To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com.
Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski, is handling the arrangements for the Riddle family.