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Arden Pridgeon

Arden Pridgeon

Saturday, April 5th, 1924 - Monday, March 16th, 2020
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Arden Pridgeon, 95, of St Joseph, passed away peacefully at his home on March 16. Arden was born in Weidman, MI, on April 5, 1924 to Samuel and Myrtie (Thompson) Pridgeon.

He served in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant with the 96th Infantry Division from 1943 to 1946 and fought in Leyte and Okinawa. He was awarded the Purple Heart with two bronze oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals, WWII Victory Medal and Presidential Unit Citation. Later in life he began attending Reunions of his 96th Infantry Division (Deadeyes) and participating in Lest We Forget Educational events.

Arden had a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MA in Business both from Michigan State University. He was employed by Benton Harbor Malleable for over 16 years as an engineer and supervisor. Following this, he became a professor in engineering for Western Michigan University until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he enjoyed traveling, volunteering, and supporting the local casinos.

He was a member of the Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, St Joseph Lion's Club, Lest We Forget, Caring Circle veteran presentations and Jail Ministry.

Arden is survived by his children – Ruth (John) Stanton of North Carolina, Ron (Sue) Pridgeon of Illinois, Linda Barker of Bridgman, Jane (Scott) Lindsey of Temperance, Bill (Mary Jane) Pridgeon of Lambertville, and Joe (Noralyn) Pridgeon of Portage, 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Arden was preceded in death by his wife Vada, and siblings Artheda Pridgeon DeWitt, Marvin Pridgeon, Monty Pridgeon and half-siblings Inola 'Peggy' Pridgeon McClain, Stanley Ivan Pridgeon and Idan Morris Pridgeon.

Due to current circumstances, there will be a private burial.

A Celebration of Life and a Memorial Mass in honor of his many accomplishments and lives he touched will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to: Lest We Forget, St Joseph Catholic Church, St Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center or Caring Circle of Lakeland. Those wishing to sign Arden’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
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A Celebration of Life and a Memorial Mass in honor of his many accomplishments and lives he touched will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to: Lest We Forget, St Joseph Catholic Church, St Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center or Caring Circle of Lakeland.

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Jim Kehrer

Posted at 07:04pm
Dear Pridgeon Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Arden. I admired him so much; he had such a great sense of humor, never took himself to seriously, he was faithful to his family, church, country and community. It was an honor to know him. May he rest in peace.
JR

Joan Robinson

Posted at 01:29pm
I met Arden at Joe & Noralyn's Christmas Open house they had for years. He was always friendly & helped welcome everyone to the open house. I learned the most about him from Joe sharing stories about his Dad & his accomplishments. I always enjoyed reading the tributes made to him for serving in WW 11, that he was proud to discuss. Thankful for his service to our country!
PF

Patrick Foster

Posted at 10:46am
I was very sorry to hear about Mr. Pridgeon's passing. He was my college professor at Western and he touched many lives there. I have fond memories working side by side in the dust and smoke making bronze plaques for the university. Years later in St. Joe we would run into Mr. Pridgeon and his wife at church and other places. He always remembered my wife and I and we enjoyed his stories. It is hard to imagine how many lives he touched over so many years and how he helped so many. We will miss him always.
Patrick Foster
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Nancy Smith

Posted at 10:25am
Arden and my dad were cousins and grew up together, but it wasn't until recently that I connected with Ruth and that branch of the family. Having lived in other parts of the US for some time now, I never had the pleasure of meeting Arden and I can tell I missed out on meeting a special person. My heart is with Ruth and her family.
JT

Judy Thompson

Posted at 07:19pm
Arden was a first cousin of my Dad (John "Neil" Thompson) and they shared many adventures growing up in Weidman. Two years ago Arden kindly spent the day with me looking over old family photos and sharing many stories of those years. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to spend that time with him. It was a pleasure. My condolences, Ruth. I know you miss miss your dad very much.
Judy G
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