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HAVERHILL: Donald H. Ridlon, 74, passed away on December 4, 2017, while visiting his daughter in Palm Bay, Fla. He was the husband of the late Shirley L. (Abbott) (Savage) Ridlon
Born in Haverhill on October 9, 1943, he was the son of the late Percy L. and Pearl J. (Jones) Ridlon.
Don was educated in Haverhill and at the age of 17 enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served honorably until his discharge as LCpl in 1964. His career as a truck driver spanned 40 years. He drove for Penn Box in Plaistow, N.H., and continued as a private contract owner before retiring in 2009. Don was a life member of AMVETS, Post #147, life member of Crescent Yacht Club, member of Lorraine Post #29, VFW, and member of the American Legion. He enjoyed camping, boating, riding his motorcycle and working around his home.
Don is survived by his daughters, Sonja Krebs and her husband, Michael of Palm Bay, Fla., Donna Howarth of Pittsburg, N.H.; sons, John C. Savage of Pelham, N.H., John Danforth and his wife, Heather of Sandown, N.H.; grandchildren, Donald "DJ" Leathers, Maegan Leathers, Jared Leathers, Jonathan C. Savage, Bradley Howarth, Alicia Howarth; sisters, Charlotte Batchelder and her husband, Daniel of South Carolina, Carol Rogers and her husband, William of Haverhill; and several nieces and nephews. Don was the brother of the late Lewis H. Ridlon.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Tuesday, December 12, at 10 a.m. at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street. Haverhill. Calling hours Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment, with full military honors, will be weather permitting at Hillside Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.dcsfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 9, 2017
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