Arthur J. "Red" Ritchey, 102, formerly of Huntingdon, died Tuesday afternoon at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, where he had been a resident since October 2010.
He was born in Saxton, son of the late John and Estella (Smith) Ritchey. He was united in marriage to Mildred I. Metz on Feb. 4, 1936, in Alexandria, and she preceded him in death on March 24, 2012.
Surviving are a daughter, Dianne (Ritchey) Stewart, a retired Juniata Valley School District teacher, and husband, Dennis Stewart, a retired Penn State administrator; and other sons and daughters: Ginger (Ritchey) English and husband, David, of Bonita Springs, Fla., Rodney L. Ritchey of Huntingdon, Carol (Ritchey) Enney and husband, Dick, of Perry, Ga., and Robert A. Ritchey and wife, Cheryl (Peightal), of Huntingdon; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by eight siblings: Carl, Robert and Lawrence Ritchey, Susie Ritchey, Gladys Greenleaf, Hazel (Ritchey) Huey, Olive (Ritchey) Cornelius and Edna (Ritchey) Shore.
Red attended Saxton public schools and was a 1931 graduate of Saxton High School. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was the owner/operator of Ritchey's Market, Huntingdon, retiring in 1973 after 35 years. He was a member of the Twelfth Street United Methodist Church, Huntingdon, where he was a former Sunday school teacher.
Red was a life member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 976, Huntingdon, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 223, Huntingdon, Frank P. Hommon American Legion Post 24, Huntingdon, Blair County Salon 8 et 40, Huntingdon, and Stone Creek Valley Lions, Huntingdon, and was a former officer in all of those organizations. He was also very active with the American Red Cross, having taught the first CPR class in Huntingdon County, and he taught the first aid class for many years. He received the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award in 1987. He was also a member of the former Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company, Huntingdon, served with the Huntingdon Ambulance Department, served on Huntingdon Borough Council and was an honorary member of the River Hill Gun Club, Huntingdon.
He enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp, where he liked to cut wood. He also liked collecting coins and traveling in his earlier years. He was a devoted father and cherished spending time with his grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., the Revs. Dale W. and Christy L. Dowdy officiating. Interment will be in Huntingdon Memorial Gardens, Walker Township, Huntingdon.
Memorial contributions in remembrance of Arthur J. Ritchey may be made to the American Red Cross, 4100 Fifth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.
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