RAPID CITY | Linda J. Ridenour Harrington was born in Portland, Oregon, on January 8, 1948, to Tom Ridenour and Margie (Harvey) Ridenour. Although born in Portland, Linda’s parents brought her back to their home state of South Dakota at 3 months old and she lived in Rapid City, SD, all her life.
Linda passed away peacefully on March 16, 2018, at Clarkson Health Care Facility in Rapid City. She will be remembered for her kind heart and generous spirit. Linda was a friend to all and was always curious about other people’s lives, interests, and stories. She put full effort into everything she did whether it was for her job or her personal life.
Linda met her husband in the halls at Rapid City High School in 1964. He was going to a class in the Washington Building as she was leaving a class there. One day their eyes met and they started saying “hi” to each other. After that, they actually met to talk and had their first date on September 3, 1964. They never stopped dating and shortly after Linda’s graduation from Rapid City High School in 1966, she married Ken on December 3, 1966. When Linda’s kids would ask her why she married Dad, it was because of his sense of humor. He made her laugh.
Linda worked 20 years for UTI/Trimac Trucking, Inc. (1971-1991), for the Rapid City Journal as Human Resource Manager for 5 ½ years (1991-1996), and worked 5 years at Black Hills Federal Credit Union (1996-2001). In 2001, she started working for her parent’s rental business, Tomaride Rentals, LLC until the time of her death. She was also co-owner with her husband, Ken, in Harrington Rentals, LLC for over 36 years.
In semi-retirement, Linda took several vacations with girlfriends since Ken didn’t like to travel. Some of her trips to remember were to Italy, Grand Cayman Island, and Hawaii. In 2015, she and her friend Ann Cline took their “Thelma & Louise” trip. They traveled through over 14 states and put 4,665 miles on Ann’s car. Along the way they visited their brothers and kids.
Linda loved hobbies and crafts. She tried them all, from knitting & crocheting to making stained glass pieces which were some of her favorites. She loved to give the pieces away to family and friends. Linda never stopped learning and constantly wanted to try new things.
Linda always said the best thing she ever did besides marrying her husband, Ken, was to have her daughter and son, both of whom she was extremely proud. Her life would not be as fulfilling and successful without her husband, Ken by her side. Linda was also proud of her grandchildren and loved to experience and celebrate their milestones and achievements. Her heart was so caring and her actions in life reflected her selfless character.
Linda is survived by her husband, Kenneth Harrington, daughter, Jennifer (Chad) Vinatieri of Sioux Falls, SD, and son, Neal (Tammy) Harrington of Russellville, AR, four grandchildren Chase Vinatieri, Brooklin Vinatieri, Jake Harrington, and Olive Harrington, mother, Margie Ridenour of Rapid City, brother, Drs. Chet (Shelley) Ridenour of Worthington, OH, mother-in-law, Irene Harrington of Hot Springs, SD, brothers-in-law, Richard L. Harrington of Lynwood, WA and Mark Harrington, Newton, KS, sister-in-law, Patricia (Dean) Larson of Auburn, CA, many nieces and nephews, and the best circle of friends that anyone could ever ask for.
Linda was preceded in death by her sister, Beverly Ann Ridenour (1962), dad, Tom Ridenour (2014), father-in-law, Richard F. Harrington (2000), and sister-in-law Michelle Harrington (2014).
Linda lived a rich and rewarding life and wouldn’t want anyone to feel sad at her death. It was almost impossible to find Linda without a smile on her face. She touched so many lives and the way she lived her life should be an inspiration to others. She will be missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to The Club for Boys, Rapid City, SD and Girls Inc., Rapid City, SD.
Visitation for Linda will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at Kirk Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at Kirk Funeral Home.