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James Dwain Ritch

James Dwain Ritch

Male 1932 - 2013  (80 years)

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  • Name James Dwain Ritch 
    Born 10 Oct 1932  Wright City Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 May 2013  Tyler, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8732  Ritch
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father James Aubrey Ritch,   b. 24 Dec 1908,   d. 1984, Tyler, Smith, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sarah Mae Thompson,   b. 1915,   d. 1996  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F3224  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Peggy Joyce Wright 
    Married 1954 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F3223  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Services for James Dwain "JD" Ritch, 80, of New Chapel Hill are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Ford officiating. Burial will be in Mason Cemetery in Arp. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. prior to services.

      J.D. was born on Oct. 10, 1932, in Wright City to James Aubrey and Sarah Mae Ritch. They preceded him in death. He died Saturday, May 25, 2013.

      He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a demolition diver on the USS Olmsted. While still serving his country, he married his wife of 59 years, Peggy Joyce Wright. Their family includes daughter and son-in-law La Vonda and Vernon Johnston and daughter Debra Teague. Grandchildren include Shannon McElroy, Amanda "Mandy" Rawls and husband Robert, Heather Jones and husband Jeff, Jennifer Teague and Jeremy Teague. Great-grandchildren include MiKayla and Blade McElroy, Macie and Madison Rawls, Chyenne and Lexon Jones, Haiden Holley and Alyssa Gerloff. J.D. (or Dwain as they called him) had one sister, Peggy Cockrell; and a brother, Buddy Ritch and sister-in-law, Wanda; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

      J.D. was employed by the Tyler Police Department. During his 17 years there, he served as patrolman, detective, drug enforcement and warrant officer. He also owned Continental Investigation and Security. He worked for Trailways Bus Co. and retired at Lone Star Bus Co. as a charter driver. He was a Baptist and member of Sharon Temple and St. John's Masonic Lodge.

      Pallbearers will include Aubrey "Pete" Ritch, Kirk Ritch, Donnie Ritch, Jeremy Teague, Chad Wright and Kyle Wright.

      The family requests that memorials be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in lieu of flowers.