Pat graduated in June 1949 from Sexton High School and served as senior class president. He received his bachelor’s degree from MSC. He was a civil engineer first with MDOT and later with Eisenhour Construction Co. and Spartan Sign. He also served as vice president for both organizations. He was very involved with the restoration of the Barton Theatre Organ that was moved from the Michigan Theatre to its current home at the Grand Ledge Opera House. Pat was also involved with the Scenic Lake subdivision development in Laingsburg. He was an active square dancer and he loved his grandchildren and family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn J. (Jacobson) Rider; children, James K. Rider of Flint, Steven L. Rider of Minnesota and David R. (Liz) Rider of DeWitt; grandchildren, Matt Rider, Hannah (Jim) Holderread, Andrew Rider and Abby Rider; and sister, Marylyn (Dick) Shadduck of Lansing. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Malcolm Rider.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Lansing Theatre Organ, Inc. for the Grand Ledge Opera House organ.