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Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory

803 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, FL

OBITUARY

Robert Dennis Ritchey

March 12, 1947November 8, 2019

Robert(Bob) Dennis Ritchey, 72, Kissimmee, Florida formally from Marion Station, Maryland passed away on November 8, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born March 12, 1947 in Denver, Colorado to the late Mary Vogen Burton and the late Norman Ritchey.

Bob served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict(1965-1969) and retired as Chief of Security from Eastern Correctional Institution, Princess Anne, Maryland. He volunteered as bar manager and house committee chair at the American Legion. Bob enjoyed people watching, all sports and fishing, with his sons. He was an avid Washington, D.C. sports fan and was able to see his Nationals win the World Series. He loved to talk to people and make them laugh.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and Al Capone, his german shepherd, whom he called his third son.

He is survived by his wife Dianne M. Ritchey, sons: Robert B. Ritchey (Lindsay ), Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and William J. Ritchey (Deanna), Wetumpka, Alabama, and his most loved grandson Graham Ritchey, along with two fur babies and three grand fur babies.

Arrangements have been entrusted to “Grissom Funeral Home” in Kissimmee, Florida.

A celebration of life will be held by the family at the American Legion Post 10, 205 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, Florida at 1 P.M. on 30 November. Please join us and represent your favorite sports team.

“In lieu of Flowers,” the family invites you to consider making a donation to: Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation 12902 Magnolia Drive MBC-FOUND Tampa, FL 33612. or your local animal shelter.

“Condolences may be offered at www.grissomfh.com”

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Vicki Parker

November 15, 2019

Bob was my partner in crime from the time we met in 1986. My smoking buddy, my sidekick, my friend. We should have written a book about stuff we dealt with at ECI. Rest in peace Soldier. My love to his wife Dianne and family.

Carol Purnell

November 15, 2019

Dianna and Family

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

BUDDY HINES

November 15, 2019

I opened up WCI with Bob during the summer of 1987. I lived down the road from him for a while in Marion. Even though I moved on to different parts of Maryland I would bump into Bob once in a while at job meetings. Bob always had that grin and always quick with a one liner. God bless you and your family ole friend.

Robert Ritchey

November 14, 2019

I have so many memories of Dad where he had everyone laughing. From his classics about alien spaceships in the backyard to sending Billy and I into our rooms when playing a Nintendo game because we all could not stop laughing which did not help his cracked ribs.

But my memories over the last eight years have been my most enjoyable. Dad always said he was living another child hood and with Graham that couldn't be more true. The two of them shared a bond that was unbreakable. We were lucky to catch that happiness and bond on camera a few times attached is my favorite.

Pat Carson

November 14, 2019

Billy, Bobby and Diane, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. I know he will be sadly missed by all. May God hold you all close and give you peace during this sad time.
If either of you are ever up this way again please stop in.
Love you guys. Pat

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY