2017-04-20 / Obituaries

Joseph C. Ritchey

Crystal Spring, 76

Joseph “Joe” C. Ritchey Sr., 76, Crystal Spring, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 6, 1940, in Breezewood, a son of the late Floyd Paul and Ethel (Truax) Ritchey. On July 21, 1960, in Winchester, Va., he was united in marriage to Dorothy M. (Wareham) Ritchey.

Along with his wife of 56 years he is survived by children: Kimberly, married to Daniel Fischer, Crystal Spring; Joseph Ritchey Jr., married to Amy (Wright), Crystal Spring, and David Ritchey and fiance Marcie Mellott, Crystal Spring; grandchildren: Jason Fischer, Andy Fischer and fiancé Bethany Bookheimer, Chris Fischer, married to Karissa (Clark), Taylor Mellott and Brandon Wright; and a great-grandson, Braxton Mellott.

He was preceded in death by siblings: Fred Ritchey, Dale Ritchey and Faye Lambert.

He was a graduate of Everett Area High School Class of 1959.

Throughout the years he was employed at Kennametal and JLG Industries along with owning and operating Breezewood Auto Sales and Crestview Trailer Park.

He was a member of Wesleyan Chapel, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was fond of coaching Little League for several years when his children were growing up.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 18, at noon, at Akers Funeral Home. Rev. William C. Swope officiated.

Burial was in Ritchey Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.akersfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wesleyan Chapel, 1761 Woodmont Road, Great Cacapon, WV 25422.

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