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In Memory

Bob Ridlehuber

Bob Ridlehuber

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Robert W. (Bob) Ridlehuber, 36, of Waco died Thursday in Waco. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Wilkirson-Hatch Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Tom Ridlehuber officiating. Burial will be at China Spring Cemetery.

Mr. Ridlehuber was born Sept. 30, 1952 in Beaumont. He graduated from Waco High School and Baylor University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in music. He was band director in Holland before he moved back to Waco and became assistant band director at Robinson High School. In 1984, he began working for Texas National Bank and in 1986 was promoted to banking officer. He performed with local jazz bands and was a member of the local music union and Waco Optimist Club. He was a member of Highland Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Bill R. Hauk of West and his stepmother, Lou Ridlehuber of Waco.

From Randy Willis:

Bob was an accomplished saxophonist and became a high school music teacher.

I talked with Bob's cousin recently, and he said that one night in the early 1990's, after playing saxophone at a local Waco nightclub, Bob went home to get his 'good' saxophone for an after hours jazz session, and was involved in a fatal single car accident while returning to the club.


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11/08/10 05:03 PM #1    

Bob McGregor

Bob was an excellent musician. Seems like I heard he was in a Volkswagon, or small car that crashed and perhaps ended up in the Brazos, although I may be wrong. What a shame to lose such a talent at such a young age. He was always a good friend to me. I will always miss him and think if him fondly.

11/09/10 06:36 AM #2    

Noreen Retzer (Powell)

Bob was coming home from having picked up a car that the bank he worked at was repossessing. One thing is for certain, and that is that he fell asleep at the wheel of the car, and ended up in the river and drowned. There was speculation at the time that he had been drinking and passed out, but I can not say that that is what actually happened. I do know that as a fellow member of the Waco Community Band, he was sorely missed. Bob was a talented musician, and loved to play jazz on his sax. My husband and I were just coming to know more and more about him at the time of his death. Bob left behind his wife, Linda.

04/08/11 07:10 AM #3    

Randy Willis

Posted by Mike Teichelman in the Tiger Den:

I remember Bob and I driving to Dallas to attend a rock concert (don't remember who we went to see) and the drive home turned into an "interesting" drive. Bob had small car, I think it was a T-Bird, and he was really sleepy and had asked me to drive.

Somewhere along the way a pretty girl in a Corvette passed us at a high rate of speed, which Bob just couldn't allow. He cajoled me into catching up and passing her. So I did. He watched as the Vette started gaining again on us and as she went by, he mooned her. Obviously we were in better physical condition then because as for me, I am not sure I have the physical agility to moon myself in a full sized bathroom.

Anyway, the young lady stopped at the next exit with a gas station and called the police. An officer stopped us and asked what we did to the young lady, did we "shoot the finger?". Bob of course said, "yeah, yeah, that's the ticket!". The officer told us to behave and sent us on our way.

Bob was a good friend and a funny guy. He is missed.

10/25/11 08:21 PM #4    

Ruby Dendy (Hernandez)

I was in band all three years at North Jr High. Bob and I kind of were on and off who would be first chair. I hardly had first chair because he played very well.

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