Former prosecutor, U.S. attorney, Veryl Riddle, dies at age 89

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SIKESTON -- Veryl Lee Riddle, 89, died Dec. 5, 2011, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.

He was born Dec. 6, 1921, near Campbell, son of the late Lloyd and Etter Wood Riddle.

Mr. Riddle graduated from Campbell High School, attended Southeast Missouri State University, earned his bachelor's degree from University of Buffalo, N.Y., and his Jurist Doctorate from Washington University St. Louis in 1948.

He had a distinguished law career beginning in Malden where he was in private practice and was prosecuting attorney for Dunklin County. He was later appointed U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of Missouri by President Lyndon Johnson after which he had a long career at the prominent law firm Bryan Cave in Saint Louis.

Mr. Riddle was a veteran of World War II, having served in military intelligence working undercover as a longshoreman in New York Harbor gathering information about enemy agents. He was a member of the Academy of Missouri Squires.

On Nov. 24, 1985, he married Janet Lewis Riddle who survives of Sikeston.

Other survivors include: one son, Veryl Lee Riddle Jr. of Lewisburg, Tenn.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kay and Larry Morrow of Prescott, Ariz., Jo and Mike McCarver of Los Altos, Calif., and Jan Riddle of Memphis, Tenn.; and one granddaughter, Joanna McCarver of San Francisco, Calif.

In addition to his parents, one sister, Erma Newell, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at noon Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Bethany Baptist Church in Campbell. The Rev. Bryan Johnson, pastor, will officiate.

Veryl Riddle never lost his love for Southeast Missouri and will be buried back home in Bethany Cemetery in Campbell followed by a reception at the Bethany Church.

Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.

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