Russell William “Butch” Riddle, 72, Kempton, passed away at 10:25 pm on Friday, February 10, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo. Russell was born November 12, 1944 in Lebanon, IN. He was the son of the late William and Lois Irene (Hammack) Riddle. On July 24, 1970, in Kokomo, he married Diana Sue Draine by the Rev. BJ Thomas at Beamer United Methodist Church and she survives.
Butch was a 1963 graduate of Jefferson Township High School in Kempton. He served with the United States Army from 1965-1967 as a Combat Engineer with Company E 7th Engineer 5th Army earning the rank of Sargent. Butch retired from General Motors-Delphi Delco after 42 years of service, and was a member of UAW Local #292, and Pickard Lodge #690. He was owner and operator of Riddle’s Excavating for 42 years and had farmed for 4 years north of 35. Butch served as Trustee of Jefferson Township for 8 years, ran for County Commissioner, and was involved with the National Tractor Pullers Association for 8 years, earning the Indiana State Champion in point standings in 1976. He was also a member of the Thrashing Association, a 28 year member of the Kempton Fire and Rescue Department, where he held numerous positions including Chief and First Responder. Butch enjoyed going to auctions, loved fishing, and traveled around numerous states with his father, family and friends. He also bear hunted with his brother-in-law, Bob in Canada.
Butch is survived by his wife, Diana Riddle, Kempton; sons, Guy (Sharon) Riddle, and James (Christy) Riddle; granddaughters, Katelyn Nicole Riddle, and Abbie Christine Riddle, whom he truly adored and was so proud of; sister, Evelyn Elaine Rikard, Elk City, OK; nieces, April Gill, Elk City, OK, and Shannon (Matt) Smith, Noblesville, IN; great-nieces and nephews, Ashleigh Gill, Rudy Gill, Jacob Smith, and Andrew Smith; father-in-law, Carl Draine, Kokomo; brother-in-laws, George (Carol) Herr, Huntsville, AL Randy Draine, Kokomo; sister-in-law, Sherri King, Kokomo.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law, Mary Helen Draine, granddaughter, Stephanie Lynn Riddle, and his dog, Tosha.
Funeral services for Butch will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, with Pastor Ray Tetrault officiating, with honors provided by the United States Army, the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team, and the Kempton Volunteer Fire Department. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5-7 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home where a Masonic service will be held at 6:45 pm. Memorial contributions may be made in Butch’s memory to Kempton Fire & Rescue. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.