Ronald C. Riddle, 86 of Bloomington passed away at 11:04 PM Friday January 8, 2021 at Heritage Health in Normal. \r\nThere will be a graveside service for Ron at 2 PM Wednesday January 13, 2021 at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Pastor Jason Collins will officiate. \r\nBeck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Covell Community Church. \r\nRon was born May 30, 1934 in Bloomington to John Merle and Leota F. Cruisenberry Riddle. He went to Emerson School, Emerson School, as well as Irving and Bent. He took up music and played the trumpet through High School at Bloomington High School. After graduation he was very interested in music so he took up guitar and played around town for several years with different groups and he ended up at the West Room on Market Street and was the head of the West Room Band. In 1963 he took up an interest in the pedal steel guitar and started playing with the Arkansas traveler Band for more than 12 years. He had the honor of playing on road shows with such artists as Marty Robbins, Dottie West and Charlie Louvin. He performed at many Steel Guitar Conventions like Scotties in St. Louis, The Kentucky Classic in Lexington, KY, and The Hall of Fame Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He won instrumentalist of the year award in 2001, 2002 and 2003 presented by the Illinois Country Music Association. Ron also won instrumentalist of the year at Pigeon Forge, TN in 2004. He worked with Primetime Country Group and continued to play steel guitar which brought him much joy. He said, "Music was such an inspiration in my life and I owe my music ability I believe to my mother as she was a pianist and she bought me my first instrument and coached me and gave the inspiration to go on with my music."\r\nRon worked at G.E. and Eureka for twenty-eight years as well as Snearly Oil Company on South Main Street for fourteen years. He was also in the plumbing and heating and air conditioning before his years at Eureka Company where he retired in 1996. He loved to fish and loved his family.\r\nHe married Sue Sizemore. She preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by one son Ronald "Ronnie" A. (Doris Bryce) Riddle, a daughter Marilyn Ann Lavoie, a stepdaughter Cathy (Richard Myers) Kelley, a granddaughter Heather Riddle, and two step-grandchildren, Cody Meyers and Brittany Kelley.