KALAMAZOO, MI - Lyle Duane Ritchie, age 93, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Dowling passed away on September 7, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital.
Lyle was born on June 24, 1926 in Assyria Township, the son of Harold and Laura (Cunningham) Ritchie. A veteran, Lyle proudly served his country in WWII. He was a life member and Past Post Commander of VFW Post 5319 in Athens.
Lyle was a loyal employee of Kellogg’s where he retired after 28 years of faithful service. Lyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming at his home, and cutting firewood. He also enjoyed restoring several antique cars.
Lyle is survived by sons: James (Jo Ellen) Owens, Ronald (Nancy) Owens, and Gordon (Lasana) Ritchie; 11 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren: brothers: Wayne (Penny) Ritchie and George (Patricia) Ritchie; several nieces and nephews; and special friend: Theresa Kraushaar.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Leona Ritchie; daughter: Deborah Gammage; brothers: Clair Ritchie, Kenneth Ritchie, and Keith Ritchie; and sister: Kay Wellman.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 11 a.m. at Revive Bible Church (Prairieville Bible Church). Burial will take place in Hastings Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the American Heart Association will be appreciated. To honor Lyle’s legacy, please wear jeans to the service.
Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Lyle’s family.