NORMAN — Jimmy Rider, 77, woke up in Heaven on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Jimmy was born in Norman on April 25, 1935, to Ervin and Nora Rider.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel in Norman, with graveside services immediately following.
Our dad was second to none: the best husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather (Papa). He was very gifted in wood-carving, painting, sketching and basically all aspects of work inside and outside the home and his business. Respected by all, he gained that respect by his love for all.
He began his career in the pressroom at The Norman Transcript and eventually retired from the Oklahoma Publishing Company. He was in high demand from pressrooms in various parts of the world from Jamaica, London, Canada and places in between for his expertise in setting up a pressroom.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Clark and Louise Waddle, three brothers and two sisters.
A life-long resident of Norman, he married the love of his life, Shirley Waddle on July 24, 1953. Jimmy is also survived by a brother, Charles Rider of Kansas; daughter, Becky and husband Christopher Tyler of Tulsa; daughter, Cindy and husband Darryl Goode of Norman; son, Randall C. Rider and wife Connie of Norman; grandchildren Braden and wife Brittney Tyler, Alex Tyler and Cassie Tyler, all of Tulsa, Caylee and husband Bryce Mullins of Moore, Eric and Jeffrey Rider of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, and Paul Rider of Norman; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces, close friends and his beloved dog, Teddy.
Donations may be made in memory of Jimmy Rider to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 211 W. Comanche St., Norman, OK, 73069.
Online condolences may be made at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
Norman Transcript, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012