Hale Dean Ritchie
Hale Dean Ritchie
Ritchie, Hale Dean, 89, Ritchie Corporation owner, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2008. Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, September 5, 2008, at East Heights United Methodist Church. Mr. Ritchie graduated from Wichita East High School in 1937 and from the University of Kansas with a degree in petroleum engineering. While at KU, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. In 1939, he was the Kansas State Amateur Golf Champion. He was active in many charitable organizations and was a long time board member of Bank IV. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hale and Edith Ritchie; sons, Jim and Michael Ritchie; sisters, Sally Cardwell and June Ritchie; brother, Proctor Ritchie; and grandson, Timothy Ritchie ('84). He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara; children, Janet (Foster) Smith, Hale (Jane) Ritchie, Devon (Joe) Rothwell, Polly (Larry) Klenda and Ed Ritchie; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Meals on Wheels, 200 S. Walnut, Wichita, KS 67213 and The Ritchie Housec/o Shawnee County Historical Society, P.O. Box 2201, Topeka, KS 66601. Services by Broadway Mortuary.