OBITUARY

Gerald R. Ritchie

August 27, 1936October 10, 2013

Gerald R. Ritchie, 77, of Slate WV, passed away peacefully on Oct. 10, 2013 at his home. He was born in Marietta, OH on Aug. 27, 1936 to Fred F. Ritchie and Dorothy I. Johnson Ritchie (Biehl). He was a graduate with the Class of ’53 Marietta High School. He had served in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1983 with the rank of Master Sergeant. He joined the service shortly after graduation and had served overseas in Korea, Japan, Germany and three tours in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. He was a graduate of PCC. He also retired from the Wood County Board of Education as a bus driver, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He is survived by his father, Fred F. Ritchie, of Belpre, OH; four sons, Bryan (Jody) of Clear Brook, VA, Bruce (Stacy) of Marietta, Blane (Linda) of Marietta, and Blake (Amanda) of Slate, WV; his former wife and mother of his sons, LaMoyne Ann McCartney of Normantown, WV; six grandchildren, Corey, Hannah, Ashleigh, Bradyn, Lacy, and Jocelyn; two step-grandchildren, Jacinda and Billy Hutson; two brothers, Ronald of Ft. Meyers, FL and Roger (Jane) of Marietta, OH; four half-brothers, Dr. Douglas (Yvonne) Ritchie of Williamstown, WV, Dane (Anita) Ritchie of Belpre, OH, Tommy Biehl of Wilmington, OH, and Jerry (Kelly) Biehl of Marietta, OH; and three half-sisters, Peggy (Lonnie) Casto of Williamstown, Jody Anderson of Richmond, VA, and Jan E. Miller of Marietta, OH. He was preceded in death by his mother in 1998; his step-mother, Virginia Moore Ritchie; his brother, Duane Ritchie, his half-brother, Daryl Biehl, and his former mother and father-in-law, Burnell and Irene Pugh. Services will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Randy Dornon officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens with military rites by the American Legion Post #15. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.sunsetparkersburg.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 13, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, October 13, 2013
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Gerald R. Ritchie

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Paul Conner

October 14, 2013

Bryan I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Lloyd Keith

October 14, 2013

Sorry to hear of the loss of Gerald. We are on vacation in New England or I would have been to the Funeral Home. My prayers are with your family. God Bless and Keep you. Lloyd Keith, Retired bus driver.

Jerry Harvey

October 13, 2013

Blaine
so sorry to hear of my our fathers passing. Losing a parent and a veteran is a great loss.

Al Meyer

October 13, 2013

As a 20 year Naval Aviator (LCDR USN (Ret) & 4 tour V/N vet, I wish you Smooth Seas and a Following Wind-- Rest in peace-


You did your duty for this nation---

Allan G, Meyer
MHS1953 Class President

Jim Wilson

October 12, 2013

So sorry to hear of Gerald's passing! We would have hoped he could attend our Marietta High School 60th reunion this Oct 18th & 19th. We surely will have him in our hearts. Thank you Gerald for your service to our country. May the fond memories of his life be with all family and friends!

October 12, 2013

Bryon & Jodie, and family, Our hearts send out a hug and condolences for the passing of your father/ father in law. May this time bring treasured memories for each of you. Our love in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, Mike & Sherry Stephens of Washington, WV

Jim Wilson

October 12, 2013

Sorry to hear the loss of Gerald! We would have hoped he could attend our Marietta High School 60th reuion this month. We will sure be thinking of him and may the fond memories of his life be with all at this time. He served our country well and our thanks to him for that.
Jim ( T. J.) Wilson, classmate Marietta, OH

Don Sprague

October 12, 2013

I salute your veteran. my condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.

FROM THE FAMILY