Floyd Emerson Rider, 92, of Lake Placid, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 with his wife, Carolyn, at his bedside.
Born on a farm near McComb, Ohio, on Oct. 20, 1921, to Frank R. and Alice G. Rider, he loved the rich, dark soil of northwest Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the outbreak of WWII and was aboard the troop transport US Joseph Hewes which was sunk off the coast of North Africa. He then served as Chief Electrician’s Mate aboard the destroyer escort J.R. Ward, patrolling the North Atlantic. After the war, Mr. Rider moved his family to Florida and continued his life’s work in the design and fabrication of farm machinery and agricultural equipment. Mr. Rider taught Sunday school for almost 70 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Placid Lakes.
Mr. Rider is survived by his wife, Carolyn; sons Frank E. Rider of Boulder, Colo., Steve L. Rider of New Smyrna Beach and Michael A. Rider of Lake Placid; a brother, Harold J. Rider; sister Martha Bright; stepchildren Gloria J. Stanley, Jamie L. Ivings, James L. Buchan, John E. Buchan and Suzanne M. Lovell; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
A memorial service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Placid Lakes with Pastor Jeff Taylor officiating. Visitation will be at the church an hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Placid Lakes, 116 Cleveland Ave. N.E., Lake Placid, FL 33852. Burial will follow at a later date at the National Veteran’s Cemetery in Bushnell.