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Obituary for Allan Wynn Ridge

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Allan Wynn Ridge

September 28, 1924 - April 22, 2016

Allan Wynn Ridge, age 91, passed away April 22, 2016 in Provo, Utah.  Allan was born, September 28, 1924 to Alfred and Amme Startup Ridge in Provo, Utah.


Allan graduated from Provo High School then attended BYU for a semester before he joined the army and was sent to Pamona College in California to be trained in Meteorology.


He brought his sweetheart Edna Mae Hedquist to California to marry before he was deployed in the South Pacific.  They were married August 20, 1943. He served in the office of the Adjutant General during WWII until 1946. Allan & Edna Mae had five children.


He followed his father’s tutelage from Ridge Printing and started his own printing business called Community Press, printing school yearbooks and other books and publications. He piloted his own plane flying for business as well as pleasure. He was also an inventor and designed and manufactured his own camera and systems for his business. He loved camping and hiking in the mountains and the beauty of the solitude he found there. He made lifelong friends through his business, church, neighbors and his camping trips. He was a clever and accomplished man who was honest in his dealings, smart, generous, tender hearted, inventive, hardworking, articulate and had a great sense of humor.


Allan is survived by his wife Edna Mae; his children: Kaye Lynn (David) Peterson of Sacramento, California, Robin (Kathleen) Ridge of Idaho, Rosemary (Brent) of Shelley Idaho, Martha Ann “Marty” Hardy of American Fork, Utah and Andrea (Bryan) Shoell of Orem, Utah; three brothers, Alfred Jr., Donald and Raymond Ridge; 24 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.


All of us loved him dearly.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, David, Royce and John “Jack” Ridge, and a great granddaughter Mary Louise Hardy.


The family is grateful to Cove Point Assisted Living and Hearts for Hospice for taking good care of dad.


Friends and family may join in a Celebration of Life Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:00 noon at the 5th East Hall, 455 East 200 South, American Fork, Utah.


Private Nicheside Service and Military Honors will be at Camp Williams Cemetery, 17111 South 1700 West, Riverton, Utah.


Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


In lieu of flowers the family asks friends and family to share their memories and sympathies on the guest page at:






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Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm -

Celebration of Life Friday

455 East 200 South, American Fork, Utah.


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Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

17111 South 1700 West, Riverton, Utah



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Born: September 28, 1924
Died: April 22, 2016

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Robert Anderson posted on 6/22/16

In August 1956 my wife and I and our two children, Kirk and Ruth, moved from Sanpete County to Orem, Utah. It was our great fortune to buy a new home next door to the Ridge family. Our children had instant friends and we had great neighbors. I had other employment, but Allan asked me to work for him at The Community Press. What started as a night job at the Press during the six month yearbook season ended up running for twelve years, during which time we learned to love Allan and Edna Mae and their family. Allan was a kind and thoughtful employer and a skilled innovator in printing processes. I and my two older children count the Ridge family among our dearest friends.


Rosemary Palmer posted on 5/19/16

Dear Mom, I just want to let you know of my love for you and dad. I am grateful for the wonderful parents you were to me and for raising us in the gospel so that we had a firm testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I know that He knows us personally and will provide a measure of mercy after all we can do and I thank you for that knowledge. I have great memories of each of the homes we lived in, like Edgemont and for the plums across the street there, the trees, the close friends of yours. One thing I've loved is your example of lifetime friends. I haven't had that in my life but I enjoy hearing your experiences from youth and how even now you treasure those friends whether they were from childhood, school, work, or neighbors when you made friends it was for life. I have memories from our campouts, our road trips, the drive-in movies in our jammies, our pets, the chance you provided me to learn music and play instruments and being in the band, canning corn from Uncle Sherwin's farm, cousins, eating dill pickles on a rainy day, ice skating on the canal, attending church in Sharon School, the opportunity to work with you and dad at the "shop", your support in going to BYU, the birds and bees talk from dad before I got married, your visits to us in Idaho, and the grandparents you have been to my children. I know sometimes you think back and feel you could have done more, I know that because I am at that point in my life but, please know that you were the perfect parents for me and I thank you for your examples of honesty, hard work, dependability, fun, love and patience. I hope you can be at peace and know that dad has taken the next step of progression in life and that he will patiently be waiting for you to join him and the rest of your family. I love you mom, Your daughter Rosemary


Tawna Ridge Kuni posted on 5/7/16

I love and miss you, Grandpa! I will always remember your twinkly smile, your laugh and your beard tickling me while we hugged. You had a wonderful life and o thank you for giving me a wonderful father. I can't wait to see you again someday. Love you grandma and I will see you soon.


Judy Smith White posted on 4/30/16

I remember your family fondly as members of our Edgemont neighborhood. I think I was a babysitter for you occasionally. Dad, Bud Smith passed in December of 2000 and Viola passed in May of 2013. I know they will be having "friendly 20" dinners up there and that they would want me to express our families condolences to your family.


Marie Mile posted on 4/30/16

We would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Allan Ridge. The loss of a loved one is never easy. Our Creator, Jehovah, has provided comfort for us in times like these through his word the Bible. One day we will welcome our loved ones back again (John 5:28, 29) and death and mourning will be done away with (Revelations 21:3,4). May those verses and many others bring you some comfort in your time of mourning. Please also see


Tina posted on 4/30/16

It's funny how you can meet a person, spend less than a year in their presence, but have them remain a dear memory forever. I met Allan in the late 70's at the "camera factory" where an industrious crew was working hard to make the biggest camera I'd ever seen. Though I was in the background and worked there part time, Allan was always kind to me. He was extremely thorough and focused and always took time to answer my questions and show me how things worked. I was impressed with his gentleness not only with people but with his tools and equipment. I thought of him as "the gentle giant" in all ways - mostly his heart. My sympathies go out to friends and family who were blessed to have his humor, intelligence, kindness and curiosity for so many more years than my meager few months. He was a special spirit, one that demonstrated simple good manners at this beautiful Party called Life.


Becky Kissel posted on 4/28/16

I loved spending time with Grandpa! i remember when he sent me recording of himself telling me stories because I asked him for help with a report I was working on in school. I loved listening to him tell stories and watching his face light up while he was talking about the things he loved, flying, camping and family. I will miss calling him to wish him a Happy Birthday and him returning the Happy Birthday, we were Birthday buddies and remember the calls we made every year since I was little. When I met my husband we traveled back and forth from Inkom to Orem with a stop in Garland every weekend so I could visit with Grandpa and Grandma. And after i was married we made it a point to stop and visit when we headed up to Inkom. those were some of the best visits and talks I had with Grandpa. But one of my favorite visits to Grandpa and Grandma's was when i was younger and we went to eat at a Chinese restaurant in Tremonton. I ordered soup and the waitress/owner wouldn't let me be be done until i finish every drop. she said " eat your lo lo's and actual picked up my bowl and made me drink the rest of my soup. Everyone laughed and it's still a joke in my family to this day. I miss you Every day Grandpa and Love you. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.