Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dorsey Verdayne Riddle, 84, of Cassville, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2011, at his home in Cassville.

He was born on Nov. 24, 1926, in the Oak Ridge community east of Cassville, the son of Charles Wesley and Ola Audra (Moore) Riddle. On Aug. 1, 1950, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Dryer at the First Baptist Church in Cassville. To this union three children, Susan, Teresa and Jim, were born.

He grew up and received his education at Cassville, graduating from Cassville High School with the class of 1944, where he was a star basketball player for the Wildcats. He attended Southwest Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Tulsa, receiving his bachelor of arts degree from the latter institution in 1952.

He was a World War II veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps with distinction and achieving the rank of sergeant. He participated in the Asia Pacific Theater during the war. He was a high school teacher, teaching mathematics at Cassville, Purdy and Southwest (Washburn) High schools in the 1960s and serving as the head basketball coach at Southwest High School.

He was a long-time businessman in Cassville. During the 1950s and 1960s, he was a homebuilder, constructing 28 homes in Cassville. In 1959, he and Evelyn purchased the shoe and dry goods businesses of their parents and operated the Riddle's Department Store on the Cassville square until their retirement.

Following in the footsteps of his father, he served his church and community in leadership positions. He served as chairman of the deacons at First Baptist Church of Cassville, president of the Cassville R-4 School District School Board, and a councilman on the Cassville City Council. He also taught Sunday school and sang in the choir at the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his wife, Evelyn; two daughters, Susan and son-in-law, John Reid, of Republic, and Teresa and son-in-law, Gregory Walker, of Lee's Summit; one son, Jim and daughter-in-law, Joan Riddle, of Cape Fair; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Leon Riddle, of Ozark, and Larry Riddle, of Wheaton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside funeral services with military honors will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cassville with Rev. John Duncan and Rev. James Weaver officiating under the direction of the White Funeral Home in Cassville.

No visitation prior to the services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Cassville in his honor and memory and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home.