Larry Eugene Ritchey

Born: Sat., Aug. 19, 1939
Died: Sun., Oct. 17, 2010

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Larry Eugene Ritchey, 71, of Ashland passed away Sunday, October 17, 2010 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. He was born August 19, 1939 in Newark, Ohio to the late Herbert and Clara (Howard) Ritchey and had been an Ashland County resident since 2002. He was a 1959 graduate of Newark High School, had worked at Holthane Phone for 10 years and was an Operational Engineer at Owens Corning Fiber Glass retiring after 32 years. He was a member of Toastmasters International, Big Brothers - Big Sisters and was a foster parent. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a former member of Licking Valley Church of Christ in Newark.

On June 7, 1970, he married Julia Adams who preceded him in death in 2005. He was also preceded by his parents and brother Ronald Lee Ritchey.

He is survived by two sisters-in-law Ester and Mervin Baker of Mansfield and Donna and Ken Brady of Galloway, five nephews David Ritchey of Michigan, Mark Ritchey of Mesa, Arizona, Marvin and Judy Baker of Medina, Larry and Val Baker of Columbia, S.C., Dan and Natalia Caley of Ashland, five nieces Linda and Doug Reynolds of Ashland, Sue and Rick Jurjevic of Ashland, DeLee and Russ Powell of Mansfield, Lisa Leonard of Washington Court House and Lori and David Lincoln of Columbus. He is also survived by several great nieces and great nephews and his loving care takers Steve and Jennifer Chereson of Polk.

Services will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 11:00 am at Heyl Funeral Home, 227 Broad Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805 with Pastor Robert Pflueger officiating. Burial will be in Newark Memorial Gardens at a later time. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 to 11:00 am the day of the service. The family suggests contributions be made to Ashland County Animal Shelter, 1710 Garfield Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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Chris and Michelle Vanderzyden
   Posted Mon October 18, 2010
Jen and Steve: Our sympathies to your family. Larry was a very lucky man to have you care for him. It was always nice to see him at Church and especially at praise worship. You have been a wonderful example of compassion and dedication.
Fondly, Chris and Michelle

Jennifer Whitmore
   Posted Tue October 19, 2010
Dear Steve & Jennifer:

The staff at Eagleview extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your great-uncle, Larry. In the short time we have known each other, it is clear how much you cared for him and what a blessing you were for Larry. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Naymik
   Posted Wed October 20, 2010
I met Larry as an employee in the Senior Fit Room at The Good Shepherd and enjoyed working with him. We became friends over the time he participated in the exercise program and had many conversations about many topics that I remember. I know how much he appreciated his family and the Chereson's especially for the relationship he shared with them. I will miss Larry.
Sincerely, Mary naymik

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