Raymond Charles Ritchey Jr.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Raymond Charles "Dick" Ritchey Jr., 86, of Marshall, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at First Christian Church in Marshall, with Rev. Mike Brown and William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born Feb. 26, 1923, in Argentine, Kan., he was the son of the late Raymond Charles Ritchey Sr. and Anna Smith Ritchey. After the death of his parents, he and his brother were adopted by Uncle Frank P. Smith and Marcelle Donard Smith. He graduated from Miami High School in 1941 and attended University of Missouri-Columbia. He joined the U.S. Army in November 1942, was a first lieutenant and served in Europe until August 1946. He was recalled during the Korean conflict and served until August 1951. On Dec. 24, 1947, in Miami, he married Dorothy Geraldine Willis, who survives of the home. He reluctantly retired from farming and also retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 17 years. He was a member of First Christian Church, where he served as deacon, elder, trustee, chairman of the board and elder emeritus. He was a 50-year member of Marshall Chapter 408 Order of the Eastern Star serving as Past Worthy Patron and Masonic Lodge No. 205 A.F. & A.M. serving as Past Worshipful Master.

Additional survivors include one son, Raymond Charles Ritchey III and his wife, Ginger Jones Ritchey, of Raytown; two daughters, Vickie Diane Wise and her husband, Kenneth Wayne Wise, of rural Miami and Phyllis Irene Ritchey of Leawood, Kan.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Uriah Edward Ritchey of Cameron; and several nieces and nephews.

Additional information provided per family recompense.