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Brett Michael Ridder Obituary

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Brett Michael Ridder

Urbana, Ohio

October 24, 1986 - July 6, 2024

Brett Michael Ridder Obituary

Brett Michael Ridder, 37, of Urbana, passed away at home with his wife by his side on July 6th,

2024, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Born October 24th, 1986, in Springfield, he was the son of Tim (Joelyn) Ridder and Margaret Roberts Ridder.


Brett graduated from Urbana High School and spent his working years at Honda R&D, and as a

small engine mechanic at Compton Power Equipment. He enjoyed the friendships he made

along the way, especially with the Organ family. He loved a challenge, and was meticulous in

his work.


An outdoorsman at heart, Brett always kept his family adventuring. He enjoyed boating, fishing,

hiking, biking, cutting firewood, all things offroad, and any competitive game with his family.

Brett loved Ohio’s state parks, and made countless camping trips. He always had a project, and

everyone who knew him, knew that he loved to make a deal. Brett truly never met a stranger.


He is survived by his wife, Jessica (Schafer) Ridder, and their children, Charlie, Abe, and Molly.

Jess was his girl and they spent 17 happy years together. Their family was Brett’s greatest joy.

He wore many hats, but Dad was always his favorite, loving and encouraging his children

fiercely. Brett taught his children to accomplish something and learn something new every day.

In his family, his love and strong, helpful, and playful spirit live on.


Brett is also survived by father and stepmother; his twin brother, Brandon (Kayla) Ridder; sister,

Megan Ridder; and siblings, Jordan (Matt) Porter, Emily Schafer (Corey Reed), Samuel Schafer

(Hannah Martin); nephews and niece, Maxwell and Junie Porter, and Levi Ridder; in laws who

he deeply loved, including parents; Steve and Tammy Schafer, and grandmothers, Toni Keller

and Joann Schafer; as well as dozens of aunts, uncles, and cousins.


He is preceded in death by his mother; maternal grandparents, Robert and Gerda (Fronmuller)

Roberts; paternal grandparents, Roger and Lillian (Watkins) Ridder; aunt in law, Brandy Keller;

grandfather in law, Jim Schafer; and grandfather in law and dear friend, Carl Keller.


Brett was dealt a hard hand in life. He never let it keep him down and was determined to make

his life exactly what he wanted. He stood firmly for everything he believed in. Together with his

wife, they worked hard and built his dream. Since 2018, Brett bravely battled melanoma, and

was a true example of grit and determination. His family wishes to thank those who cared for

him at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute for their kindness,

compassion, and dedication.


A celebration of life will be held for friends and family, with dinner, at The Cheetah Lounge in

Urbana, on July 18th from 5-9pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Brett’s children

can be made to the Ridder Memorial Fund in care of Jessica Ridder at Park National Bank.


Arrangements have been entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.


Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Brett Michael Ridder hosted by Vernon Family Funeral Homes.

Brett Michael Ridder, 37, of Urbana, passed away at home with his wife by his side on July 6th,

2024, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Born October 24th, 1986, in Springfield, he was the son of Tim (Joelyn) Ridder and Margaret Roberts Ridder.


Brett graduated from Urbana High School and spent his working years at Honda R&D, and as a

small engine mechanic at Compton Power Equipment. He enjoyed the friendships he made

along the way, especially with the Organ family. He loved a challenge, and was meticulous in

his work.


An outdoorsman at heart, Brett always kept his family adventuring. He enjoyed boating, fishing,

hiking, biking, cutting firewood, all things offroad, and any competitive game with his family.

Brett loved Ohio’s state parks, and made countless camping trips. He always had a project, and

everyone who knew him, knew that he loved to make a deal. Brett truly never met a stranger.


He is survived by his wife, Jessica (Schafer) Ridder, and their children, Charlie, Abe, and Molly.

Jess was his girl and they spent 17 happy years together. Their family was Brett’s greatest joy.

He wore many hats, but Dad was always his favorite, loving and encouraging his children

fiercely. Brett taught his children to accomplish something and learn something new every day.

In his family, his love and strong, helpful, and playful spirit live on.


Brett is also survived by father and stepmother; his twin brother, Brandon (Kayla) Ridder; sister,

Megan Ridder; and siblings, Jordan (Matt) Porter, Emily Schafer (Corey Reed), Samuel Schafer

(Hannah Martin); nephews and niece, Maxwell and Junie Porter, and Levi Ridder; in laws who

he deeply loved, including parents; Steve and Tammy Schafer, and grandmothers, Toni Keller

and Joann Schafer; as well as dozens of aunts, uncles, and cousins.


He is preceded in death by his mother; maternal grandparents, Robert and Gerda (Fronmuller)

Roberts; paternal grandparents, Roger and Lillian (Watkins) Ridder; aunt in law, Brandy Keller;

grandfather in law, Jim Schafer; and grandfather in law and dear friend, Carl Keller.


Brett was dealt a hard hand in life. He never let it keep him down and was determined to make

his life exactly what he wanted. He stood firmly for everything he believed in. Together with his

wife, they worked hard and built his dream. Since 2018, Brett bravely battled melanoma, and

was a true example of grit and determination. His family wishes to thank those who cared for

him at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute for their kindness,

compassion, and dedication.


A celebration of life will be held for friends and family, with dinner, at The Cheetah Lounge in

Urbana, on July 18th from 5-9pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Brett’s children

can be made to the Ridder Memorial Fund in care of Jessica Ridder at Park National Bank.


Arrangements have been entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.


Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Brett Michael Ridder hosted by Vernon Family Funeral Homes.

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