William "Bill" H. Ritchie
William (Bill) H. Ritchie, 78, of Grove City, Ohio, passed away suddenly April 7, 2018, in League City, Texas after recently being diagnosed with cancer.
He was born to the late Bernard and Violet Ritchie on February 29, 1940, in Marietta, Ohio and is preceded in death by his sister, Pamela Hanes. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 59 years, Donna, their three children: Jeffrey (Sharon) Ritchie of Grove City, Ohio; Mark (Terri) Ritchie of Dublin, Ohio and Stefanie (Tim) Cook of League City, Texas. Bill is also survived by seven adoring grandchildren that meant the world to him: Alexander, Zachary, Taylor, Madison, Andrew, Luke and Olivia. Bill is survived by a sister June Voshel of Marietta, Ohio and sister-in-law Joyce (Jim) McCarthy of Upper Arlington, Ohio, a niece and nephews, and close family friend Mark Wright of Grove City, Ohio. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Bill graduated from Marietta High School and served eight years in the Ohio National Guard. He retired from the Ohio Bell Telephone Company after 30 years of service and was a member of the Ohio Bell Telephone Pioneers. He was an avid reader with a fierce love of studying history. He enjoyed participating in many events of the Ohio Archeological Society, hunting arrowheads and studying artifacts. He loved to spend time fishing, golfing and bowling. He never missed watching The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds or the Columbus Blue Jackets and attended many games with his family. His greatest joy came from spending time with his wife and grandchildren laughing and sharing stories.
He was a passionate supporter of his family. Bill spent over 40 years coaching and officiating youth baseball, softball and football. He wanted to be wherever his grandchildren were and was known around many ballfields as “Papa”.
A Memorial Service will held at a later date in Grove City, Ohio.