David F. Ridenour

Nov. 29, 1962 – Oct. 13, 2010

David F. Ridenour of the Town of Vernon unexpectedly died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 47. He was born Nov. 29, 1962, a son of Donald and Olive Ridenour.

As an accomplished smallbore rifle shooter, David received the honor of a full scholarship to West Virginia University. He was the first person in the United States to achieve an NRA Collegiate All American Award in two sports over four consecutive years. David worked as a software engineering manager for Rockwell Automation, where he received an innovation award for his contributions. He married his best friend and the love of his life, Margaret Mutchler, on Sept. 16, 2000. Dave enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, traveling and the wildlife that roamed across his yard. He also loved cooking and enjoyed collecting and sharing wine with friends. Dave was very creative and had a knack for understanding and applying technology. Having a heart of gold, Dave had a deep appreciation for the service that military personnel bestow on our country. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his many nieces and nephews. David lived his life to the fullest and shared that with everyone in reach. He will always be remembered for his giving spirit and the way he spoiled his friends and family beyond their expectations.

David will be profoundly missed by his wife, Marge; father, Donald; brother, Mark (Barbara) Ridenour; nieces and nephews, Halley, Brad, Andy, Sierra, J.T., Oliver, Jacob, Sawyer, Paul, David, Huriyyah, Keilana and Grace; and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. memorial service Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.

Memorials in David’s honor are appreciated to Hope Center, 502 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; The Women’s Center of Waukesha, 505 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; or to the George Bray Neighborhood Center, 924 Center St., Racine, WI 53403.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit