Craig resident, Howard Ritchie Sr., died Nov. 10, 2003, at his home. He was 83.
Ritchie was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Elida, Ohio, to David and Ama (Brunk) Ritchie.
Ritchie was raised and attended schools in Elida and Lima, graduating from Lima South High School in 1938. He immediately began employment at Westinghouse, in Lima, as a draftsman apprentice, attending related schooling, becoming a journeyman draftsman. On Nov. 6, 1938, he married Grace Edna Huber, of Lima, in Campbell County, Ky. Ritchie was drafted into the U.S. Navy, serving in the Western Pacific Fleet, aboard the U.S.S. Lavaca from June 1944 to March 1946. He returned to employment at Westinghouse, continuing his career, in Lima, until 1952 when he transferred with Westinghouse to Columbus, Ohio. In January 1970, he and his wife moved to Columbia, Md., where he began employment at General Electric, as a tool and die engineer, until he retired in December 1981. They returned to Lima in 1982, eventually moving to Craig in August 2000. Family and friends were the center of his life. He was a deeply involved member of the Church Of The Brethren, in Lima, and a member of the Tool and Die Workers' Association, where he held various positions. His hobbies included electronics, gardening, and constantly helping others.
Ritchie is survived by his wife, Grace Edna Ritchie, of Craig; son, Donald (Martina) Ritchie, of Colorado Springs; daughter, Nancy (Barry) Nalley, of Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law, June Ritchie, of Craig; and grandchildren Nadine Ritchie-Wheeler, of Craig, Pamela Ritchie, of Las Vegas, Nev., Vanessa Ritchie, of Fairbanks, Alaska, Deborah Durbin, of Craig, and Jonathan Nalley, of Boise; great-grandchildren Matthew Wheeler, Paige Durbin, Megan McCammon, Keaton Durbin, Kaysee McCammon, and Slater Durbin.
Ritchie was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Isola Smith, and son, Howard W. Ritchie, Jr.
Services were Nov. 17, 2003, at First Congregational Church with Rev. Ron Gross and Rev. Howard Miller officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were all Howard's many friends.
Services were concluded at the church.