Hockemeyer Funeral Home

17629 State Road 37, Harlan, IN


Phillip S. Ritchey

September 13, 1931July 23, 2020

Phillip Samuel Ritchey, 88, passed away July 23, at 6:25 PM, at Parkview Hospice. Born on September 13, 1931 in Seymour, Wisconsin, he was a son of the late Charles and Eva Ritchey.

Phil worked hard as a lumberjack in Northern Wisconsin to support his mother and siblings. In 1952, he joined the Marine Corp serving at Camp Pendleton as a Corporal. He trained soldiers for cold weather survival for the Korean War. On November 19, 1974, he married Mary Jane Camper. He was employed at Wick Lumber Yards in California and Illinois and at Wolohan Lumbers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana. He retired in 2006 after 42 years of employment. Phil was a pilot, golfer and loved working in his yard. He loved his pets, especially Gunner.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Ritchey; children, Debbie (Bill) Jamison of Limo, OH, Judy (Rob) Evans of Spencerville, IN, Todd (Tina) Ritchey, and Meaghan (Detrich) Ritchey; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.

We would like to say a special thank you to Anita Shaw of Forte Nursing Care for her love and support. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5 PM with calling from 2 PM until the time of service at Hockemeyer Funeral Home, 17629 St. Rd. 37, Harlan.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or Cedar Creek Church of Christ. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyerfuneralhome.com


  • Wounded Warriors Project
  • Cedar Creek Church of Christ



  • Calling

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020


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michael mcneal

July 29, 2020

Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking with Phil. We had wonderful times together
going to lake James men retreats. Sorry I wasn't there , we were in Michigan on a family vacation with our grandchildren . Praying God's blessings and comfort for you and for your family.

Kelly Brown

July 27, 2020

Phil was always teaching my husband and I when we would talk about scripture and his love for God and he prayed for all! He loved his dogs ! Earlier in life I just remember him always being a hard worker !
He was a proud Marine !
Semper Fi Mr. Ritchey
We will sure miss you , you will always be in our hearts ! You taught me alot about the bible.
Thank you
To his children, grandchildren and wife . I love you all . Your in our prayers

Dawn Coleman-Smith

July 26, 2020

He was one of kindest grumpy guys I’ve known. Always had some sort of lecture for us and we definitely should have listened more. He lived a hundred lives in one and was very interesting to listen to. What a big loss, blessings to all.

Judy Evans

July 25, 2020

Dad and I used to go to loves meat market many years ago in Harlan, get bologna and cheese go back to his farm house make a big sandwich and just talk about everything. This man my father will be deeply missed. Fly high pops until we meet again.