James A. Ritchie


"Jim would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you can't refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends who he has not seen in a long time. His new mission takes him to a wonderful place where he will be in eternal good health and able to watch over his family all at once. He left detailed instructions for his family to celebrate his mission here, which has now been completed."
James A. Ritchie, 79, of Hickory Township passed away the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Baden, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Paul and Mabel Wilcox Ritchie.
On Dec. 3, 1960, he married his beloved wife, the former Darlene Forkey.
James had worked for Penn Power as a yardman and heavy equipment operator for 36 years before retiring.
James served his country as a member of the Army while stationed in Germany.
James led an active life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, chopping wood, working around the house, helping others and being with friends.
He could be seen daily buying scratch-off lottery tickets and attending his grandchildren's sporting events and activities.
James was a member of VFW Post 315 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He would have celebrated his 80th birthday on Jan. 10th. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 58 years, children, grandchildren and many friends.
In addition to his wife, James is survived by his children, Jamie Mraz and her husband, John, Lori Dado and her husband, John, and Charla McCormick and her husband, Donald, all of New Castle, and Todd Ritchie and his wife, Michelle, of Cranberry Township; his sister, Luella Morford of Hermitage; 12 grandchildren, Matt and Sarah Dado, Miranda and Michael Mangino, Danielle Dado, Mackenzie Mraz, Mason Mraz, Marcus Mraz, Adam McCormick, Josh McCormick, Jacob McCormick, Brandon Ritchie, Callie and Brett Lanzel and Madison Balderston; and a great-grandson, Easton Saint James Dado.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by four brothers, Franklin, William, Dan, and Robert Ritchie; and a sister, Elizabeth Landers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St., followed by a service held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, conducted by the Rev. Dennis Bupp.
The New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform military rights at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the veteran's section at Parkside Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on January 3, 2019
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