Michael Wayne Ridlbauer, 70 of Valparaiso, passed away Monday, July 11, 2022. He was born July 8, 1952, in Peoria, IL to Charles and Joyce (Wenzel) Ridlbauer. Mike graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and made his career as a Sales Engineer with Luther & Pedersen in Illinois before his retirement. He enjoyed driving muscle cars, going fishing, playing racquetball, watching sports, and cheering for the Dodgers and Cubs. Mike’s friendly and outgoing personality made it easy for him to talk to anyone. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted father and grandfather, who will be deeply missed.
Mike is survived by his daughters: Kristi Ragsdale of Lemont, IL and Katelyn Ridlbauer of Merrillville, IN; grandchildren: Karli and Conner Ragsdale; former spouse, Susan Ridlbauer; brother, Steven (Candy) Ridlbauer; sister, Lori (Bill) Roderick; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation will be held on Friday, July 15, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a funeral service beginning at 12:00 p.m. Entombment to follow at Graceland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Mike’s name to 2x2 Rescue, P.O. Box 14361, Merrillville, IN 46411.
Mike was a great friend. Will always remember weekend visits, great times playing cards, softball and those unforgettable bike trips to Canada and the Blue Ridge Parkway. -Jim & Cindy White
My wife Lorraine and I enjoyed being with Mike and Sue way back in the mid 1970's. We had many fun times with them. Mike was like a kid at heart. He always had a wonderful smile on his face and loved having fun. Mike had the rare quality of getting along with every one. I will always miss him. -Steve Schoepfer
My deepest sympathy to all the family. Mike was a good and kind neighbor and friend. He loved his family and was proud of their accomplishments and he also worried about his "kids". -Carol Robin
For Kristi, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. In those brief times that we met, I found him charming. I know you and family will miss him. May the memories of the good times you shared together bring you comfort. -Kay Snowfleet
Sue, Katelyn and Kristi, we are sorry for the loss of your loved one, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We will always remember Mike for his humor and the laughter we shared together. Sending you peace and comfort during this difficult time. -John and Ella Ragsdale