Kenneth L. Rideout Sr.

Feb 23, 2021
Kenneth Rideout Sr.

Gardiner — On Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, Kenneth L. Rideout Sr. passed away at his home in Sidney. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 63 years and his children. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Ken grew up in Richmond and attended school in Gardiner. He started working in the woods with his father at a very young age and grew to love horses and the logging industry.

He eventually built his own business, working for many years in logging and excavation. During his years in the logging industry, his most valued memories were the times he worked with his sons, building a family tradition.

His interest included spending time with friends and family stock car racing, camping, hunting and pony and draft horse pulling.

For 50 years, he enjoyed pulling ponies and horses, and he was an active member of the Maine Draft Horse and Ox Association. During that time, he was lucky enough to be a three time representative of the U.S. at the International Horse Pull in Nova Scotia. He enjoyed sharing his love for horses by participating in parades, sleigh rides and horse pulls across New England and Canada.

His most precious time was time spent with family, his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He greatly enjoyed road trips with his wife across the country loved exploring new places and scouting out prospective horses.

Ken was predeceased by his son Lauren “Chubby” Rideout; father Lauren N. Rideout; mother Annie Clark Rideout; three sisters Evelyn French, Annie Trask and Barbara Sproul and great-grandson Jesse Tillson.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Priscilla “Pat” Rideout of Sidney; son Kenneth “Petey” Rideout Jr., of Chelsea; daughter-in-law Diane (Rideout) Benner of Warren and her son Lauren “CJ” Rideout Jr., and siblings Chad and Travis Benner; daughter Sherry and her husband Edwin Tillson, of Sidney, and their three children Jeremy, Joshua, and Justin.

He also leaves behind his son Everett Rideout, and wife Tina, and their children Nicole and Zachary of Warren; son John Rideout and his wife Tammy and their children Kayla and Krista of Washington; daughter Tina and her husband Tim Ross and their son Ely of Jefferson. Ken was also the loving great-grandfather to 13 great grandchildren.

Friends and family are welcome to attend visiting hours, Saturday Feb. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hall Funeral Home 949 Main St. Waldoboro ME 04572.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ken Rideout at Shriners Hospital for Children (, or St. Jude’s Research Hospital (

The family would like to thank Maine General Home Care and Hospice for their exceptional end of life care.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home 949 Main St., Waldoboro.

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