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Jacksonville Journal, May 9, 1941

Corp. Roy Ridder Dies of Injuries In Highway Accident

Morgan County Young Man To Be Buried With Military Honors Saturday

The body of Corporal Roy R. Ridder, 21, who died Thursday at Jefferson Barracks hospital as the result of a highway accident Wednesday night, arrived here at 3:35 o'clock Friday afternoon and was taken to the Reynolds Mortuary. The body was accompanied by Corporal Gordon A. Steinke of Jefferson Barracks, acting as military escort.

Corporal Ridder is believed to be the first Morgan county man to die in service since the beginning of the present emergency. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ridder of Clements Station, four miles east of Woodson. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon from Youngblood Baptist church at Nortonville.

Corporal Ridder was a member of the 27th School Squadron, U. S. Army Air Corps, and had been in service almost eight months.

The motorcycle he was riding with a companion collided with a truck on a county highway about two miles from the barracks. Ridder was off duty at the time. A board of officers is investigating the crash.

Enlisted in August

He enlisted for service in the air corps August 14, 1940. The youth is survived by his parents, a brother, Frank E. Ridder, now in army service in the Philippine Islands, a sister, Mrs. Ruby Lawrence, New Berlin, and another brother, Wayne, at home.

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