Born Dec. 6, 1921, near Campbell, Mo., He was the son of the late Lloyd and Etter Wood Riddle. Mr. Riddle graduated from Campbell High School, attended Southeast Missouri State University, earned his undergraduate degree from University of Buffalo, NY, and his Jurist Doctorate from Washington University St. Louis, class of 1948. He had a distinguished law career, beginning in Malden, Mo., where he was in private practice and was Prosecuting Attorney for Dunklin County, followed by an appointment by President Lyndon Johnson to U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Missouri, followed by a long career at prominent law firm, Bryan Cave in Saint Louis, Mo.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in Military Intelligence, where he was undercover as a longshoreman in New York Harbor, gathering intelligence about enemy agents. He is a member of the Academy of Missouri Squires.
Other survivors include one son, Veryl Lee Riddle, Jr., of Lewisburg, Tenn.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kay and Larry Morrow, of Prescott, Ariz., Jo and Mike McCarver, of Los Altos, Calif., and Jan Riddle, of Memphis, Tenn., and one granddaughter, Joanna McCarver, of San Francisco, Calif.
In addition to his parents, one sister, Erma Newell, preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. until time of funeral at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Bethany Baptist Church in Campbell with Rev. Bryan Johnson officiating.
Veryl Riddle never lost his love for Southeast Missouri and will be buried back home in Bethany Cemetery in Campbell, followed by a reception at the Bethany Church.
Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be sent to Bethany Baptist Church, 17866 County Road 102, Campbell, MO 63933, or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.