William Darrell Ritchie

September 13, 1927June 30, 2018
Play Tribute Movie Play Tribute Movie

William D. Ritchie, age 90 of Des Plaines, WWII and Korean War Veteran, USMC Beloved father of Jacqueline Hoss, Deborah (Richard) Aquino, Patricia Thomas, Colleen Ritchie, Susan Ryder and the late William D. Ritchie Jr.; loving grandfather of Jennifer, Brian, Jessica, Julie, Philip, Sean, Christopher, Daniel, Kelsey, Zachary, Jacob, Brenna and Traci-Lyn and great grandfather of Leigha, Ethan, Kellen, Emma, Kaia, Mason, Andrew, Avery, and Gavin. Visitation will be, Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 3-8 pm at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St. (corner of Northwest Hwy/Rt14 and Rand Rd) Des Plaines. Funeral service will be Monday, July 9 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Entombment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any of the following; JourneyCare Hospice, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025, American Cancer Society, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60601 or Alzheimers Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, #800, Chicago, IL 60631.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Entombment Monday, July 9, 2018

William Darrell Ritchie

have a memory or condolence to add?

Valerie and John Maag

July 9, 2018

RITCHIE FAMILY Deepest Condolences on the loss of your wonderful DAD!!! Bill never met a person he didn't know and lived and loved life to the fullest every hour till the very end !!!He raised five beautiful daughters and one special son and the world is a much better place, especially Des Plaines,for his wit, intelligence and BIG SMILE!!! Know he is in heaven raising a cocktail with all his good buddy's! DO NOT be sad but celebrate his great life and his children as they are TRIBUTE to him!!!LOVE john and valerie

Catherine Ainger

July 8, 2018

I will always remember Uncle Bill as one of the happiest and funniest people I know. But even more, I will never forget the random act of kindness he showed me when I was nine years old, that has stayed with me these past forty years. It was Christmas and he gave me a gift, the "John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Album." I loved that record back then, and still do today! But that's not why I have such a fond memory of that Christmas back in 1979. I remember that moment because of how Uncle Bill made me feel so special that day. His thoughtful gesture made me feel really loved. I think that's why it's stayed with me all these years. Every Christmas season since, I've played those songs and been reminded of my Uncle Bill and all the times he made us laugh and cry (from laughing, of course!), but even more, how special he could make you feel. Uncle Bill, you will be missed.

Kathy Pignato

July 4, 2018

Working for you for so many years, has been an ABSOLUTE PLEASURE!!! You were so kind and always had a cheerful smile, whenever I saw you!

I know how close you were to all of your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They will miss you terribly but the love that you all shared, will be in their hearts FOREVER! I send my deepest sympathy to all of them.

I will miss you very much but knowing that you are in a happy place, with no suffering, brings much comfort to my heart!

Until we meet again....
Much love,

Patti Thomas

July 3, 2018

Dad, you are my strength! You taught me right from wrong! I loved all the times we spent together the last several years of your life on this great earth! We WILL be together again , but, until then, rest in peace! I will be thinking of you every single day! Thank you, thank you for the wonderful life you have ME I LOVE YOU!

Sue Selig

July 2, 2018

My sincere thoughts to the entire Ritchie family. May Mr Ritchie Rest In Peace and reunite with Bill. You will be missed by many. Thank you for your service.