Jack Ridinger Memorial Garden Dedication
The sitting garden on the corner of Main Street and Meridian street was formally dedicated to Ridinger at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. Present was Jack’s widow, Carol Ridinger, accompanied by her daughter, Dana Malone, and sisters Polly Hayes and Bonnie Bland. Polly’s husband Bob also attended, as well as Scott Huddleston, Amy Huddleston, Darrell “Catfish” Burger, Police Chief Jim Gadberry, Jasonville Major Roy Terrell, Sr. and Clerk-Treasurer Jane Landry. Dorman and Marilyn Clark of the Jasonville Independent also attended the dedication for the newspaper. Jack Ridinger was a well-known businessman and philanthropist in Jasonville before his passing at age 86 in Feb. 2016. Ridinger received the Ed Sheppard award in 2006. Much like the namesake of the award, who helped clear the rubble after a 1914 fire on Jasonville’s business district, Ridinger was recognized for helping the community to recoup after a 1967 fire that destroyed several downtown businesses--among many contributions.