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Francis Ridl

July 16, 1948 — May 31, 2023


Francis Christopher Thomas Ridl lived a full life, side by side with Leota, his loving wife.

Born on the 16th of July in 1948, his parents, Albert & Betty, thought he was great.

All of his life he pushed on strong, with his family by his side all along.

Proudly serving his country in a foreign nation, procedures and precision became his specialization.

A proud dad and papa filled with love and devotion, he kept us all moving in a forward motion.

Fun-loving and playful he loved a good laugh, we knew he would fight anything on our behalf.

While his fight with Alzheimer’s has taken its toll, we all hold the memories deep down in our soul.

As Frank joins God in his new location, we are thankful for his eternal salvation.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, June 7, 2023 at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland, CO.

A second memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 13 at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, ND, followed by Christian Burial with military honors at 1:00 PM at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan.

Francis, 74, of Loveland, Colorado, was born in Dickinson, North Dakota to Albert & Betty (Saetz) Ridl and entered his heavenly home on May 31, 2023 at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, CO after his long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Leota “Odie” of Loveland, CO; daughter, Cherie (Matt) Mailander of Brandon, SD; son, Corey (Jean) of Fort Morgan, CO; granddaughter, Macy Mailander of Brandon, SD; grandsons, Christopher Ridl and Zachary Ridl, both of Fort Morgan, CO; brothers, Ray (Luella), Patrick, Ervin, and Tim (Glenora) of Dickinson, ND, Albert (Carolyn) of Aurora, CO; sisters, Anne Marie (Jim) Gorman of Aurora, CO, Betty (Deacon Jerry) Volk of Bismarck, ND, and Rita Gardner of Omaha, NE; sisters-in-law Lucille Rossbach of Washington Terrace, UT, Loretta Zenker of Loveland, CO, and Kay Zenker of Mandan, ND,as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jacqualine; brothers, Cary and Evan; grandson, Dylan Ridl, father and mother-in-law, Edmund and Helen Zenker; brothers-in-law, Dave Gardner, Reverend Dave Rossbach, LaVerne Zenker, and Vernon Schatz, and sister-in-law, LuElla Schatz.

His family offers special thanks to the VA Home-based Health Team and the many doctors, nurses, and caregivers who eased us through his transition. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Francie’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Parkway Funeral and Cremation Service

2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, ND 58503


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Graveside Service

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

1825 46th St, Mandan, ND 58554

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