Stephen D. Riddle, 63, of Warsaw, KY, known fondly as Steve, passed away on August 10, 2023, in Carrollton, Carroll County, Kentucky, after a lengthy illness. He was born on February 17, 1960, in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky. He was a member of the 1978 graduating class at Gallatin County High School.
Steve had a diverse and fulfilling career filled with a deep passion for mechanics and the automotive industry. Until his health declined, he worked for the Gallatin County Road Department in Warsaw, Kentucky. Prior to that, he owned the former Riddle's Garage in Warsaw for several years. Steve also made significant contributions to Don's Garage in Erlanger, American Racing in Warsaw, Paul Michel Construction Company in Independence, Carnes Chevrolet, and Chapman Tire Center in Carrollton.
Throughout his years working on vehicles, Steve developed a preference for General Motors vehicles. His expertise and dedication were apparent as he meticulously worked on these cars. They were more than just machines; they were an extension of his passion and craftsmanship.
Away from work, Steve found solace and contentment in exploring various hobbies and interests. He had an unwavering love for Harley Davidson Motorcycles and enjoyed taking long rides with his wife. Steve was an avid fisherman and loved spending time outdoors.
Also a sports enthusiast, Steve cheered fervently for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Reds. He never missed an opportunity to support his beloved teams and share discussions with fellow fans.
One of Steve's cherished pastimes was dirt track racing in Florence, Kentucky. The thrill of roaring engines and the camaraderie among fellow racing enthusiasts brought him much joy. Whether watching or participating himself, Steve definitely had a love for this adrenaline-fueled sport.
Steve was a deeply caring husband, father, and grandfather. He leaves behind his loving wife, Tina Baker Riddle of Warsaw, Kentucky, who shared and supported his journey through life. His children, Lynn (Brent) Stucker of Carrollton, Kentucky, Stephen (Jessica) Riddle of Walton, Kentucky, and Jesse Riddle (Holly Justice) of Cincinnati, Ohio, will always carry their father's legacy in their hearts. Additionally, Steve's two grandsons, Trey Stucker and Keeley Stucker of Carrollton, Kentucky, were a source of immeasurable joy for him. His passion for classic cars will live on through his grandson, Trey.
Steve's parents, Elmer Gene and Jo Eva Stephenson Riddle, provided unconditional love and guidance throughout his life. Their influence shaped the person he became and will forever be cherished.
To honor Steve's memory and celebrate his remarkable life, visitation services will take place on August 19, 2023. Starting at 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Warsaw Christian Church located at 207 W. High Street in Warsaw, Kentucky.
A Celebration of Life Service will follow at the same location starting at 2:00 PM. Friends and loved ones are encouraged to attend and wear their favorite Harley Davidson or Bengals clothing to his service to reflect on the cherished memories shared with Steve.
Steve’s infectious enthusiasm left an indelible mark on all those fortunate enough to know him. May he rest in eternal peace knowing that his legacy lives on through the memories shared by those who loved him dearly.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home.