William Howard Ritchie, 72, of Galveston, passed away at 12:30 pm on Sunday, October 12, 2008, at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. He was born March 23, 1936 in Mobile County, Alabama to Cloice and Ada Vanderford Ritchie. William served in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Yorktown C-V 10 during the Korean Conflict. He retired from UTMB as an electrician. William was a member of Sacred Heart Church; a life member and past commander of VFW Post 880; life member and past commander of American Legion Post 20; and a member of Galveston Elks Lodge 126.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Catherine; brother, Charles; and son, Henry Ritchie.
William is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Galveston; children: William H. Ritchie, Jr., of Oakland, CA: William Dale Ritchie and wife, Lynn, of Eight Mile, AL; James Earl Ritchie, of MS; Peggy Batchelor and husband, James, of Pensacola, FL; Charmarie Peron and husband, Steve, of Santa Fe, TX; and David W. Ritchie and wife, Hana, of Santa Fe, TX; grandchildren: James Batchelor, Jr., of Montgomery, AL; Joniann Batchelor, of Pensacola, FL; Krystal Ritchie Lloyd and husband, Johnathan, of Semmes, AL; Nicholas Ritchie, of Montgomery, AL; Bryanna Ritchie, of Eight Mile, AL; Cammarae Peron and Evan Peron, of Santa Fe, TX; Matthew Ritchie, of Santa Fe, TX; Christian Borth-Alarca, of Santa Fe, TX; and great granddaughter, Kelsie Lloyd, of Semmes, AL.
The family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Wednesday, October 15th, at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. A rosary will conclude the evening at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon Robert Standridge.
Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Thursday, October 16th, at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, led by Father Niall Nolan. Burial will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Burton Lee Bruce; Alex C. Chapman; Shawn Martin; Steve Peron; Tim Rice; and Mike Richmond.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Ashton Park Care Center and TheraCare Home Health for their compassionate care during this difficult time.