Ronald  Ritchie
Ronald Ritchie

January 23, 1940 - December 30, 2020
Born in Staten Island, New York
Resided in Charleston, South Carolina
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Ronald (Ron) Ritchie, 80, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, passed away on December 30th, 2020, after a three-year battle with renal disease.

Ron was born on January 23rd, 1940, on Staten Island, New York. After graduating high school, Ron left New York to attend Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where he met and later married the love of his life, Carol Strauss Ritchie.

After completing the ROTC program and graduating from Otterbein, Ron was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. After serving several years of active duty with the USAF, Ron earned a Master’s Degree from Rutger’s University. He was subsequently hired by Union Carbide Corporation, where he enjoyed a 30+ year career in human resources. Following active-duty service, Ron continued to serve his country in the Air Force Reserve. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1970.

During their time together, Ron and Carol had two children, sons Eric and Craig, and made their home in Delaware, West Virginia, Ohio, Texas, and Connecticut before retiring to South Carolina in 1997.

After his wife Carol passed away in 2005, Ron married his second wife, Mary Ellen Wieneke Keller Ritchie, with whom he shared a loving ten years until Mary Ellen’s passing in 2018.

Throughout his life, Ron was a kind and caring man who always put his family, friends, and anyone in need before himself. He was a loving son, dedicated husband, and wonderful father and grandfather to his six grandchildren.

Ron was an avid history and nature buff, which was reflected in his post-retirement activities, including serving as a docent at the Middleton Plantation, a volunteer on Kiawah Island’s Human Resources Committee, sea turtle patrol, and as an officer of Kiawah Island’s Exchange Club.

Ron also loved to travel the world and visited dozens of countries on six continents during his life with both Carol and then Mary Ellen.

Ron was preceded by his parents, George and Lily Ritchie; his sister, Brenda Ritchie; his first wife, Carol Ritchie, and his second wife, Mary Ellen Ritchie. He is survived by his sons, Eric and Craig; his daughters-in-law, Suzanne and Amy; and his grandchildren, Alexander, Jordan, Savannah, Alan, Evan, and Andrew.

A livestream of the private family service will be available below this obituary on January 14th beginning at 12:15 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting any gifts or donations in Ron’s memory be sent to:

Otterbein University
C/O Kusse/Ritchie Endowment
Advancement Services/Cellar House
1 South Grove
Westerville, OH 43081

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Private Family Service with Live Stream
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, January 14, 2021
12:30 PM