Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Timothy "Tim" Ridens, 41, of Staunton, Ill., died unexpectedly on July 30, 2022, on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Tim was born on Aug. 13, 1980, to Larry and Diane Ridens. He married Buffy Struebig, and she survives.

Tim was a longtime resident of Staunton. He graduated from Staunton High School in 1999. Shortly thereafter, Tim spent several years working on local farms. In 2001, Tim began his work as an ironworker for Steve Yates & Sons. In May 2003, Tim moved to Elite Contracting. In March 2007, and again in April 2009, Tim transitioned to Keller Construction and served as a carpenter foreman before becoming the plant manager of Keller Construction's St. Louis Prestress Division in November 2011. Tim remained an employee of Keller Construction until the time of his passing. Tim was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to others. He was also a power boat enthusiast who loved being on the water and was always up for an adventure – as long as it did not interfere with work or cutting grass. He was happiest on the lake, boating, and spending time with friends and family.

Tim is survived by his wife of 17 years, Buffy Ridens of Staunton; parents, Larry and Diane Ridens of rural Worden; brother, Doug Ridens of Prairietown; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Patty and Don Stefani of Staunton; sister-in-law, Mia (Jake) Rhodes of Staunton; stepsisters-in-law, Jennifer Stefani of Staunton and Tiffany Knop of Staunton; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel where Tim was baptized and confirmed. Rev. Ball will be officiating. Burial will follow immediately at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Hamel.

The family requests that friends and family either dress casually or wear lake attire for the visitation. In addition, the family requests that those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to Buffy Ridens for Tim's Celebration of Life on Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Wooden Nickel in Glen Carbon. All are welcome to attend.

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