Leonard B. Ritchie, age 95, of the Town of Maple Creek, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
He was born on May 29, 1918 in the Town of Deer Creek, son of the late Nora and Laura (Pethke) Ritchie. On January 12, 1943 he married Hilda Jarvis. She preceded him in death on December 25, 2001. Leonard lived and farmed in the Town of Maple Creek, Outagamie County, for many years. He deeply loved his family and will be remembered for being a hard worker, making home made bread, canning, gardening and card playing. He could talk to anyone and was known for his unusual sayings. Leonard was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Bear Creek, never missing a Sunday Mass. He was baptized, married, and now will be buried at St. Mary’s.
He is survived by his children: Judy (Eugene) Fink, New London; Bev (Clay) Harrington, Culver, Indiana; Margaret (Gerald) Mischke, New London; Janet (Dale) Waterhouse, Antigo; Leonard Ritchie Jr., New London; 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Gene Fitzgerald, Phoenix, AZ; brother, Mathis Ritchie, Bear Creek; a sister-in-law, Mildred Gore, New London. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter Betty Fitzgerald, son David Ritchie, grandson Peter Hockers, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
The Funeral Mass for Leonard will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Bear Creek with Fr. Jack Mullarkey officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. A visitation for Leonard will be held on Monday, July 22, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. at the Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London, and also at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. A parish prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.