In Memory

Russell H. Ritchie

Russell H. Ritchie

Russell Hillis Ritchie

Russell H. Ritchie, 31, of Orem, Utah died Sunday, February 7, 1988 at his home of cancer.

He was born April 16, 1956 in Fort Worth, Texas, a son of Dr. Gary Max Ritchie and Barbara Anne Barrett Ritchie Means. He married Leslie Ann Ellis January 19, 1983 in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was reared in Texas and graduated from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas. He graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. He also graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in photography.

He was employed as a photographer for Utah Technical College for a time before working for Wicat Corporation Productions. He had also done freelance corporate video work.

He was an active member of the LDS Church having served for two years in the Canada Alberta Calgary Mission. He also served as a financial clerk, ward clerk, Elders Quorum secretary, Sunday School president and teacher. He was an Elder in the Orem 13th Ward at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, one son and one daughter, Jacob Maxwell Ritchie, Katelin Venna Ritchie, all of Orem; his parents, Barbara Means, Murray, Utah; Dr. Gary and Laura Ritchie, Kansas City, Kansas; His grandparents Max and Delma Ritchie, Fort Worth, Texas, Nelle Barrett, Crowley, Texas; and his great-grandmother, Lula Belle Hillis, Wylie, Texas.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 10 in Orem, Utah. Interment is in the Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, Texas.

Modified from the Daily Herald, Provo, UT

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09/28/19 09:45 AM #1    

Jayson Ril Gardner

Just recently learned of Elder Ritchie's passing. I knew him from my first area in Calgary. I picture him sitting in their apartment, in an upholstered chair, with a wooden board across the arms of the chair, studying his scriptures. He always had a bowl of peanut M & M's by his side. Super nice guy. Miss him even now. Elder Gardner

09/23/20 01:15 PM #2    

Jayson Ril Gardner

Another memory of Elder Ritchie. He always calmly said when he received an angry comment on the street, " Well, someone has to keep us humble."

09/24/20 10:23 AM #3    

Brian W. Lillie

Elder Ritchie was one of my companions.  He was such a kind and gentle missionary.  I enjoyed the short time we served together.

09/25/20 10:58 AM #4    

Michael 0. Payne

I was Elder Ritchie's second companion (Elder Nickerson was his first). I helped him complete his new missionary certification.  He served with me in Calgary 9th Ward. We did a lot of part-member work in that area. He was a pretty humble Elder and I enjoyed serving with him.

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