Dennis Ray Ritch, son of Charles R. Ritch and Gloria Harlan Ritch, was born in Dexter on July 13, 1954, and died at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 3, 2009 at the age of 54.
Mr. Ritch had lived in Grayridge and Dexter all his life. He had worked at area parts stores before his health forced his retirment. He was of the Baptist faith.
On Feb. 27, 1971, he was married to Loretta Burch in Essex.
Surviving are his wife, Loretta Ritch of Dexter; one son, Charles "Eric" Ritch of Dexter; one grandson; his parents, Gloria Ritch of Grayridge and Charles R. Ritch of Dexter; four brothers, Darrell Ritch of Grayridge, David Ritch of Sikeston, Donald and Douglas Ritch, both of Dexter; three sisters, Beverly Harris of Dexter, Linda McGarity of Paducah, Ky., and Sheila Ritch of Cahokia, Ill.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at 1 p.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter.
Interment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.