Evan Granrath Ridenour


A memorial service and celebration of life for Evan Granrath Ridenour, age 37, will be at 2PM Wednesday, November 30th at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Lawrence, KS. Evan was born in Lawrence on July 2, 1985, and passed away on October 26, 2022, in Seattle WA.

Evan attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business finance. He continued with higher education, earning a Juris Doctorate, and passing the bar with a license to practice law. Evan was a fourth generation KU graduate school alumni in the Stachowiak family. He flourished in law school, and truly enjoyed attending activities and KU games with his friends. Professionally, Evan spent several years as a contract attorney, later becoming a supervisor, with Unitedlex. In recent years, he was legal counsel for the Portland Memorial Hospital, associated with the Oregon Science and Health University (OSHU).

Evan had a diverse range of hobbies and passions over the course of his life. He was involved in martial arts, soccer, scouting, horseback riding, creative drawing, and building his own Lego designs. He was an avid reader, and was gifted with an eidetic memory, which amazed and sometimes surprised his family and friends. Evan loved animals, particularly dogs and horses. He also became interested in running in his 20’s and ran several full marathons around the country. His gourmet meals were always a special treat, and he enjoyed sharing his love for family and friends through his cooking. Evan’s early education included attending Raintree Montessori, St. John’s Catholic School, and Bishop Seabury Academy. As the years passed, Evan and his long-time friends remained in contact, no matter the distance.

Evan was divorced, and lived in Portland, OR for several years, prior to his death. Evan is survived by his mother, Susan Stachowiak Ridenour, OP KS; father, Marc C. Ridenour (Lori), Baldwin KS; brother Sean K. Ridenour, Kansas City KS (niece Skye Ridenour, Lawson MO); maternal grandmother Connie Robbins, Gilbert AZ; Uncle Scott (Lori) Stachowiak, Cary NC; Uncle Chris (Glenda) Stachowiak, Scottsdale AZ; Aunt Beth (John) Davis, Neenah WI; and Uncle Matt Ridenour, Severna Park MD. Evan is also survived by 6 cousins who dearly loved him and have joyful memories of their special times together. Evan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfathers, James Stachowiak, PhD (1988) and Roger Robbins (2016), as well as paternal grandfather, Frank Ridenour (1991) and paternal grandmother Joyce Ridenour (2020).

In his memory, the family suggests memorials and/or donations to an Animal Rescue Center or Humane Society. A live stream of the United Methodist church service will be available on a private channel for those who are unable to attend. Please email any requests for the live stream link to breeze1440@aol.com, no later than 11/29/2022. There will be a celebratory reception in the church following the service.

18 Responses to “Evan Granrath Ridenour”

  • Keith Van Horn says:

    I send my condolences to the family. I knew Evan though my son Adam. He was a fine young man, sorry to loose him.

  • Elizabeth George says:

    My condolences to all family members. May you find comfort during this difficult time.

  • Beth Davis says:

    My dear godson is now at peace and with grandparents in heaven. All my love to my sister Susan and her family.

  • Chris Appleby says:

    Evan, we love you and miss you. Your friend- Chris

  • Betsy Alford says:

    My heart is broken. Evan had the easiest smile that could make any blue day brighter. He will always be a Seabury Kid to me. Much love, Betsy

  • SueGlatz says:

    Dear Susan, Marc, Sean and family,

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Evan. He accomplished so much in his 37 years.

    I pray you are comforted by memories and knowing he is resting in the arms of Jesus.

    I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve this life changing loss.

    Deepest Sympathy, Sue Glatz

  • Elaine Schmidt says:

    Susan, I was saddened to read of Evan’s passing. I remember our conversations about Evan that reflected your deep love for him. You have many memories to cherish.

  • Pat Newton says:

    I am so sad to hear of Evan’s passing. I have great memories of Evan at St. John. My prayers of support to his family.

  • Colleen Walker says:

    Our hearts are broken over the loss of Evan. Evan and Ryan were close friends. Evan was apart of many sleep overs at our house and I have so many great memories of the two of them together. Today they both are celebrating in Heaven with Jesus.

  • Gini Shoulberg says:

    I was so sad to read that Evan has passed. My heart goes out to Susan, Marc, and Sean. I know that he will be missed, but what contributions he made while he was living!

    Peace, love, and consolations to all of you.

    Gini Shoulberg

  • Greg DiVilbiss says:


    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. He sounds like an amazing young man.

  • Don Schawang says:

    I am so very saddened to hear this. I enjoyed my time with Evan when he was my student, and I will always have fond memories of him. My condolences, love, and strength to his family.

  • Beth Ann Bittlingmayer says:

    Dear Susan,

    My heart is aching for you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and that I am wishing you strength and resilience during this time of great sadness. We, the other mothers who have lived this grief, will always be there for you as you navigate this journey.

    Blessings and peace to you from Beth Ann Bittlingmayer

  • Annette Rouleau says:

    Susan, shock and sadness as I read the notice in the paper. You are in my thoughts.

  • Kelly Calohan says:

    Oh Susan… this is heartbreaking. A few years ago when I was running and biking a lot, I’d cross paths with Evan. We had some really good talks, and I enjoyed it each time. My love to you and Sean and Marc and your entire family.

  • Scott Margaret says:

    I had just found out about Evan yesterday. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was my manager when he was at UnitedLex and I could not have asked for a better individual to have worked with. He was not only my manager, but a friend and colleague. We kept in touch a bit after he left the company, but this is such a shock. My condolences and blessing to his family for this loss.

  • Susan Ridenour says:

    Thank you all for your warm, comforting prayers, thoughts and memories. We miss Evan so, so much – he lives on in our hearts. xo Evan’s Family

  • Gregory MacCrone says:

    Hello, Ridenour Family. I am surprised to hear of Evan’s death. That puts it mildly, I suppose. I am shocked and saddened. Evan and I were colleagues at OHSU in Portland. We worked together for a short while in the “Before Times” (pre-Covid) where we actually shared desks in the same space. That didn’t last too long until Covid hit, after which we saw little of each other as our group dispersed to work from our homes. Evan was thoughtful, pragmatic, and assiduous in the contract negotiation and drafting work he and I did. He was an asset to the OHSU behind-the-scenes logistics work we did. He was friendly and engaged personally. I heard about some of the meals he whipped up! When he left OHSU this past fall, I was disappointed, especially with it’s coming out of the blue as it did (to me). Though death is easy to intellectualize (“we’re spiritual beings with human shells, and he has transitioned beyond this body”) or infantilize (“he’s in a better place”), when the rubber hits the road, one’s death is always jarringly emotional. Evan’s death jars me. I hope you can laugh, cry, and remember him in fully, bodily, and in a love-encompassing way. I will miss him.

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