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William Hart Riddell


William Hart Riddell, 92, passed away at his home in Lenexa, Kansas on July 24, 2018.

Bill was born in Richmond, Virginia on October 11, 1925 to Bernard Fontaine and Mary Ester (Hart) Riddell, the eldest of three children. They soon moved to Chicago where he, his sister Dorothy, and brother Robert were raised. He served in the Army during World War II and was a Staff Sergeant at the time of discharge. Bill attended North Park College and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B. S. degree. He married Frances Eleanor Carlson on August 13, 1949. They moved to Kansas City in 1955 where they raised their five children. He was employed as a sales representative in the concrete construction products field. He began employment with the W. R. Meadows Company in 1966, where he worked for 29 years.

While working full time, he attended Central Baptist Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. He was a licensed lay minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. He was a charter member of Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, and faithfully attended throughout his life. He served Hillcrest in many different capacities through the years, teaching adult Sunday School, youth confirmation classes and acting as a trustee. He was Dean of Hillcrest School of Christian Studies and taught church history. He wrote a “History of Hillcrest” in 2005.

His wife, Frances, died in 1994. In 2003, he married Wilma (Gardziella) Anderson.

Bill loved to travel and made 27 trips to Europe and the Middle East. He visited the Holy Land five times. He wrote three books, one designed to accompany Holy Land tours. He enjoyed traveling all over the US to see his scattered family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances. He is survived by his wife, Wilma, his children; Randy (Jane) of Atlanta, Georgia, Debbie (Paul) Jost of Leawood, Kansas, Laurie Riddell of Kansas City, Missouri, Scott (Mary) of Syracuse, New York and Lisa (Vassilli) Bouloukos of Birmingham, Alabama. He was proud of his six grandchildren; Stacy (Carlos) Gonzalez, Brad Riddell, Tyler and Elliott Jost, Rachel and Claire Riddell, and his three great-grandchildren; (Ramiah Diane Riddell, Isabel Rose and Sofia Lily Gonzalez). We will all miss him greatly.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM on August 8 at Hillcrest Covenant Church, 8801 Nall, Prairie Village, Kansas, 66207 with visitation at 1:00 PM. Burial will be  private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hillcrest Covenant Church.



  1. April Janssen on November 9, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of Mr Riddell’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to him about all of his travels and family when he came in to the office. He will be missed by all.

  2. JIM MATHIS on July 29, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Bill was a wonderful, intelligent man. I had him for a teacher on several occasions and he was always delightful. He was a great role model for all of us. We will miss him greatly.

  3. Marilyn (Good) Snyder on July 27, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Dear Willie. I think of you often! I am so glad you married this man and had wonderful years with him! I remember you so well as you helped me edit my music and then play it for me as I sang at TEAM’s congregational meeting(s). My memory is dim regarding those days but I remember you as if I saw you yesterday and I am praying God’s blessing and peace upon you as you have laid your husband (who I did not know) to rest (physically) while we know he is already with Father in heaven! Sincerely, Marilyn

  4. Diane Hawkins on July 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Dearest Willie,
    May God bless you deeply for helping this dear man end his wonderful life well. Glad that he gave you 10 plus years of companionship and travel. May God engulf you with His love as you transition to single life once again.

    With love,

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