The Woodward News


February 26, 2014

Luke Riddle

Remembrances may be made online at

Woodward, Okla. —

Luke Riddle, 81 year old Woodward resident died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Shannon Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko at 3:00 pm. with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Luther Aaron “Luke” Riddle was born on February 8, 1933 in Gracemont, Oklahoma to Johnnie and Neda (Thornton) Riddle. Luke was reared in Anadarko, where he attended school. Luke’s first job was bagging groceries at a local grocery store. Luke served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Lola Fay Blalock on June 25, 1955 in Anadarko. Luke worked for Coleman in Wichita, KS before he got his first experience in the oilfield with El Paso Natural Gas in Farmington, NM as a production equipment repairman. He then worked in the trucking industry delivering goods for Fleming Foods and later bought his own dump truck. Luke then worked as a field service man for BS&B Oil Company before founding his own company that tied all of his previous experiences together in 1973. That company was called Riddle Oil and Gas Process Company and later the name was changed to Riddle Construction. Luke retired in 1997.

Luke was an avid fisherman and square dancer enjoyed riding motorcycles, ATVs and camping. He was a member of the Woodward Wranglers and served as president from 2011 until 2013.

Luke’s greatest joy was his family and friends and he dearly loved every moment spent with them.

He is survived by one daughter, Desiree Morgan and husband John; one son, Rick Riddle and wife Berylene all of Woodward; four grandchildren, Sara Matherly and husband Wade; Chad Riddle and wife Lindsey; Jacob Armstrong; Jessie Morgan; four great-grandchildren, Rylan and Audrey Matherly; Presley and Payton Riddle;  three sisters, Vera Branam of Little Rock; Thelma Saathoff of Anadarko; Petrovia Elrod of Cement; two brothers, Clint Riddle of Kingston; Johnnie Doyle Riddle of Maybank, TX; very special friend, Carmen Veal of Gage; several nieces, nephews other family and friends.

Luke was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Walter Riddle.

Remembrances may be made online at

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