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William Norman Ritchie passed away at home on March 7, 2022, at Sherwood
Oaks in Cranberry Township, PA.
He was born August 1, 1926, to William & Laura (Bigger) Ritchie in Huntington,
West Virginia. He is survived by his wife Harriett of 69 ½ yrs., son Bill (Donna),
Daughter Ann DeLille (John), grandchildren: Steven (Demi), Craig (Kim), Bill,
Kevin, Allison, Grant, and a brother Edward who resides in Florida.
Norm served in the Navy from 1948-1952 and he was educated at Penn State,
University of Buffalo, and Albright Colleges in Chemical Engineering. He was
Employed as Chief Industrial Battery Engineer for Gould National Batteries, KW
Battery in Skokie, IL, and East Penn Manufacturing (DEKA) in Lyons Station, PA.
He also had several patents.
In his spare time, Norm was a member of the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra
where he played the clarinet. He loved gardening and maintained numerous fruit
trees which produced great crops almost every year. He was involved in
Christian Service Brigade and Brigade Camp, at Prospect Hts. Baptist Church in
Prospect Hts. IL, and New Life Bible Fellowship in Oley, Pa. He mentored grade
school – high school boys in the programs for over 40 years. He was also quite a
tree climber & hiker, and covered parts of the Appalachian Trail with his son,
grandsons, and the Brigade boys teaching them camping and life skills. He played
a mean Harmonica everywhere he went. Arrangements entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care.