A native and resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 7:29 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice, surrounded by the ones who loved him most. He was 74 and retired from BASF. Visiting at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 1 p.m. until a recitation of the rosary at 5 p.m. Visiting at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Monday, Aug. 9, from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Vic Messina. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. His favorite saying was Give me four Survived by his wife, Dorlis Herron Ritchie two daughters, Lola Sommers, and Roslyn Esch and husband Paul three sons, Scott Ritchie and wife Laura, Russell Ritchie and wife Karen, and Roger Ritchie three sisters, Mary Pearl Sparkman, Anna Lou Ritchie and Francis Risinger four brothers, Anthony Ritchie, Alfred Ritchie, Ernest Ritchie and George Ritchie stepchildren, Joseph and Karen Herron, Keith and Dayna Herron, and Bonnie and Emile Wesley lifetime friends, Ben and Diane Gibbons, and Raymond and Gwen Jarreau 11 grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, 14 stepgreatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lolah Ritchie sister, Theresa Comeaux and brother, John Earl Ritchie. Pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Joseph Hospice, The Carpenter House, 10615 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Hey Roger and Russell, Sorry to hear about yalls dad passing away...Our thoughts and prayers go out to you both and all of yalls family members as well...Youre dad played a big part of all of us growing up, back in the days we all loved, over at the PoBoy Parlor...He was a Kool dude and all the Crafton boys truely loved yalls dad a great deal...GOD BLESS, Bobby Karyn Crafton
Bobby CraftonDenham Springs, LA
Bummie, We had some great times while you were here in Albuquerque. Im going to miss my new adopted cousin. Love to all, Bob Bryant
Bob BryantAlbuquerque, NM
Bummie, you will be deeply missed and in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love you always, Kathy, Jennifer, George Jr. Patterson
The Patterson FamilyAlbuquerque, NM