James "Jim" Ridge, Jr.

James Edward "Jim" Ridge Jr. of New Rockford ND, died Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Veterans Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Jim Jr. was born in Louisville, KY, on January 7, 1954, the son of James and Janice Ridge. In 1960, when he was 6 yrs old, he and his family moved to Oakland, CA, where he grew up and went to school. He joined the Army at the age of 17, on August 5, 1971, and served as a radio operator in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1974. He later moved to Roseville, CA. In 1999, he moved to New Rockford, ND.

He was a kind and loving man and wasn't afraid to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Jim loved his family, his country, fishing and the Oakland Raiders. He was quite the story teller and loved telling his army stories, and anyone who knew him knew this. You could often find him in the library as he had a passion for reading. He also enjoyed watching Sci-Fi movies

He is survived by his parents James Edward Ridge Sr. and Janice A. Ridge of New Rockford, ND, his daughter Sarah Michele Ridge of Roseville, CA, two sisters Brenda Ridge-Valdivia (brother-in-law Jerry Valdivia) of New Rockford, ND, and Ellen "Mickey" Ridge-Williams of Fargo, ND, and his brother Joseph "Joe" Ridge of Carrington, ND. Also six nieces, Echo Mila, Amber Palmer-Nelson, Elizabeth Albrecht, Sara Scott, Deseray Kauk, Jessica Padilla, and nephew Timothy Scott, as well as multiple great nieces and nephews.


FUNERAL SERVICE: St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 10:30AM

INTERMENT: St. John's Cemetery, New Rockford, ND

Posted Condolences:


Name: margaret coleman

Date: March 22 2015

Message: Jim finally huh I get around to say something to you & I tell you this much it is not without tears. I love you honey. You were my very 1st playmate. My precious cousin. I can still hear you on that riding lawn mower I can hear all your stories and your laughter. You were cute. I cherish you always. So sorry I did not go to your funeral but I was so sick. I remember that day so well as if I was suffering with you . I never felt so much pain. I will see you when I come home also into the City of God . 



Name: Mickey Ridge

Date: 7-2-2010

Message: My big brother, how I wish you were still here. Can't belive how much you must of suffered at home before being brought to the hospital. You went so fast, so fast.
Thank you for always protecting me when I was little. If only I could of protected you from this cancer, I would of.
Forever there will be an emptiness within me due to your passing.
Ilove my Jimbo.................


Name: Susie Sharp

Date: 6/25/2010

Message: I am the City Librarian and can attest to Jim's love of reading and storytelling.
I will miss our chats and book discussions everytime I order a fantasy book I will think of you!Rest easy now my friend you will be missed!


Name: John & Brenda Schander

Date: 6-24-2010

Message: We are very sorry for your loss. We did not know James but we are friends of Joe's. May God bless you all in this time sorrow!



Name: Diane Neophytou

Date: 24th June, 2010

Message: Jim was born about a month before I was. We both moved to California at about the same age. We left most of our family behind in Kentucky so our families grew very close. Christmas of 1960 was spent at his family home:Jim Jr., his brother and sisters, me and my 6 brothers and sisters and my mother, his Aunt Margaret, who was pregnant with Janice. It was a wonderful Christmas. In general I have very fond memories of childhood moments spent with him and his family. I had not seen Jim in over 30 years but I still mourn his loss. My thoughts are with you all who are there mourning him.


Name: joan vera

Date: 06/23/2010

Message: My deepest sympathies to Aunt Janice and Uncle Jimmy and other family members. Jim was a good man with an outgoing personality. He will be missed.


Name: Terri Scott

Date: 6-23-2010

Message: Jim (Jimbo) you will be greatly missed by everyone that loved you, I am one who loved you, dear cousin. All the family is heart broken over your loss. We need to make sure we keep in touch with all our loved ones & tell them we love them while they are still with us, on this earth. Jim, I hope you knew that you were loved by so many, including me.


Name: Bill & Dina

Date: 06/22/2010

Message: Our deep condolences for the death of your loved one "Jim". May his soul rest in peace.


Name: Brenda

Date: 6/22/2010

Message: My dear sweet brother.
I hate this feeling that you are not here and I love and miss you more than you know.
Our family is gathering together to honor you and celebrate you as we say our goodbyes--I hate goodbyes and our hearts will truely never recover the loss of you.
Wow Jim you have so many relatives coming from near and far--it is wonderful to know so many loved you like we did.
save me a spot in heaven--I will find you cause you will be telling your stories so I will look for the crowd.
I love you Jim and I will not say goodbye--I will just see you again when God chooses , With love from deep in my heart--your sister