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Scott William Rider

September 11, 1969 - May 24, 2015

Burial Date: May 30, 2015

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Lawson

Visitation at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Lawson, MO, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 6-8pm.

Visitation at Merritt’s Funeral Home in Mendota, IL, on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 5-8pm.

Funeral Services at Merritt’s Funeral Home in Mendota, IL, on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11am

Scott William Rider, 45, of Lawson, Missouri, died peacefully with his family by his side, on May 24, 2015, at his home.

A visitation will be held at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Lawson, MO, on Wednesday, May 27, from 6-8 p.m.  Scott will then be taken back to his hometown in Mendota, Illinois.  A visitation will be held there at Merritt’s Funeral Home in Mendota, IL, on Friday, May 29, from 5-8 p.m.  Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00 a.m. at Merritt’s Funeral home with burial following at Restland Cemetary in Mendota, IL.

Scott was born on September 11, 1969, in Mendota, Illinois, to Bill and Paula (Mann) Rider.  He married Cathy Hogate in Liberty, MO, on July 18, 1997.

Survivors include his wife; two children, Garrett and Griffin Rider both of Lawson, MO; his girls, Macy and Marley; his parents of Athens, IL; and one sister, Sandy (Jeff Eisenmann) of Springfield, IL; Mother–in-law Mary Hogate and three nephews; Keagan Klein, Zach Eisenmann, and Aaron Eisenmann.

Scott was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Marjorie Mann; his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Zelda Rider; father –in-law Mike Hogate and Aunt Peggy Fassig.

Scott was a rare blend of creative genius at work inside an engineering mind.  His passion for what he could create with his hands following concepts created in his mind was always on display, and always followed by the sly grin indicating how cool it really was.  Scott’s long lists of accomplishments include two Division 3 NHRA Drag Racing Championships in 1994 and 1997, along with multiple NHRA divisional race wins. He was Illinois State BMX Champion in 1988.  Scott designed and developed the Delta 1 and V-Series wheels. He also has 15 patents for wheel designs and modifications.   Scott’s proudest accomplishments were the USAC Quarter Midget Championship of son Garrett and NHRA Junior Dragster Championship of son Griffin.

Scott was a member of the Lawson United Methodist Church and Mendota Masonic Lodge.  Scott enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He recently purchased a motorcycle and enjoyed just going out for a ride.  He was always working on a project of some kind.  Scott will be remembered with great love by all who knew him, for his dedication and professionalism to his job, his gentle sense of humor, and his sweet winks and little smirks.  Most importantly, Scott will be remembered for his love of his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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