Minden, LA– Memorial services for Edward C. Ritchie, age 95 will be held Friday, June 3, 2022 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Ashley McGuire.
Ed was born January 17, 1927 on a cotton plantation just east of Epps, LA and entered into rest May 17, 2022 in Minden, LA, Ed spent most of his youth on cotton plantations near Mounds, LA, moving to Tallulah in 1939, where he completed his freshman and sophomore years at Tallulah High School. In June of 1942 Ed and his family moved to Minden where he completed his junior and senior years at Minden High School, graduating in 1944. After working for Peoples Bank & Trust Co. for four years, Ed moved to Los Angeles, CA where he was employed by Southern California Edison Company. He met and married Donna Stratton in 1951 in Ventura, CA. He spent ten years with Edison before moving on to employment with General Motors Corporation. After working for GM in Southern CA for approximately ten years, Ed was transferred to Michigan for the remainder of his career with GM.
After retiring from GM in 1987, Ed and Donna moved back to California, settling in Santa Maria. Then in 2002, they moved back to Ed‘s hometown of Minden, LA.
Ed was preceded in death by his son, Bruce in 2011, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Ritchie, Sr., brothers, C.M. Ritchie, Jr., Frank, Jack, Leon, Shelly and Andrew. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Donna, daughter, Ann who lives in Fullerton, CA, grandsons, Donald and Douglas and three great grandchildren. After moving back to Minden, Ed spent considerable time in volunteer work with First United Methodist Church of Minden. He served on most Boards and Committees and enjoyed his time in this capacity.