Myrle A. Ritchey, 77, of Stoneboro, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. He received the greatest Christmas present ever: To see Jesus.
He was a member of Zion Wesleyan Methodist Church where he, his wife and daughter attended regularly.
He and his wife together carried a constant concern for the spiritual welfare of their family, daily leading in family devotions and prayers for each one.
He provided for his young family by working at General Electric Corp. in Erie for a period of time, then went on to driving truck for many years.
The past 30 years, Myrle worked as mechanic on a fleet of trucks for Primo Distributers in Franklin for Cellone’s Bakery of Pittsburgh.
He was an avid hunter and passed that heritage to his sons, grandchildren and great-grandson.
He was dearly beloved by his big family and each one holds personal treasures in their heart from husband, daddy and grandfather.
He is survived by: his loving wife, Shirley Hoover Ritchey, whom he married in 1955; and children, Pamela Reitz, Salem, Ohio; Clinton and his wife Darla, Wheatland, Wyo.; Bonnie Ritchey, Stoneboro; Phyllis and her husband Bob Thompson, Tuscon, Ariz.; Clyde Ritchey, Hartstown; and Jo Ann Ritchey, Cuba, N.M.
He is also survived by: two sisters, Carol and her husband Jim Hizer, Conneaut, Ohio; and Gloria and her husband Bill Cooley, Cambridge Springs; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Almira Ritchey and son-in-law Daniel Reitz.
Myrle, 77, Stoneboro
Calling hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday (12-29-13) in ROBERT L. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY Inc., 3223 Perry Highway, Sheakleyville, and from noon to time of service Monday (12-30-13) in Zion Wesleyan Methodist Church, 2485 Sandy Lake-Grove City Road, Stoneboro. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.robertsnyderfuneralhome.com.
Service: Funeral and committal services at 1 p.m. Monday in the church with the Rev. Samuel West and grandson the Rev. Glenn Ritchey officiating.
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake.