Daniel R. Ritchey

March 14, 1927 ‒ July 03, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Dan Ritchey’s hard work, persistence and integrity brought him great fulfillment over a long life.   He cared passionately about his family, extended family, employees, neighbors and all the people in his beloved town of Galion.  Dan put others first.  Daniel R. “Dan” Ritchey, 90, of Galion passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at Signature HealthCARE in Galion surrounded by his family.

He was born March 14, 1927 in Utica, Ohio and was the son of Charles and Mary (Ritchey) Ritchey.  They moved to Galion when Dan was four years old.  Dan is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth (Ricker) Ritchey whom he married on January 18, 1948.

He proudly served his country during World War II in the US Navy and was a life member of the USS Alabama Crew Association. Dan graduated from Galion High School class of 1944. He worked at Galion Ice and Fuel, the Ritchey Food Bank and the Galion Inquirer as a reporter and photographer. In 1960 he opened Photorama in Galion and Crestline and operated the studio until 1983. Dan served as President and Director of the Galion Chamber of Commerce from 1986, retiring in 1997.  Dan helped many people find jobs, start businesses, and get assistance when they needed it.  Upon retirement, he and Ruth were able to travel extensively – always a love of theirs – and to spend many winter months in Isla del Sol, FL, near St. Petersburg.

Dan loved to design and build things, including interesting features at his home and in his photo studio.  He enjoyed reading mysteries throughout his life.  He was someone who was on good terms with almost everyone so he could pull people together to get community projects done.  He loved such projects.

He attended the First United Church of Christ in Galion and was a member of the Lincoln Highway Organization, Galion Historical Society, Galion Community Theatre, Galion Community Center – YMCA and the American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 of Galion, Pandora Dance Club and founding member of the Galion Area Betterment Commission.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Dan Ritchey and David (Barb) Ritchey all of Albuquerque, New Mexico; daughters Lee Anne (Terry) Shifley of Herndon, Virginia and Ruth Anne (Jamie) Deppen of Ashland, Ohio; five grandchildren Hal Shifley, Krisanna Deppen, Joseph (Hattie) Deppen, Anthony (Alex) Deppen and Jena Ritchey; great-grandchild Louiza Deppen and two half-sisters Madonna Williams and Paulette (Michael) Boehm.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter Annie Shifley; two sisters Lena Rensch and Susan Satonik, two brothers Raymond and Fred Ritchey and step-mother Catharine Ritchey.

The family will receive friends from 11:00am – 12:00pm Friday, July 21, 2017 at First United Church of Christ, 248 Harding Way West, Galion, Ohio 44833 where memorial service will be held from 12:00pm – 1:00pm with a lunch to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Home Health Care and First United Church of Christ of Galion in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Dan Ritchey, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


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  • Ruth and family, I am so very sorry for your loss . Our families have had a lot of connections through out the years with Geral working at Photorama and my working at National Jewelers and at the Chamber office. For me there is one word that comes to mind when I think of Dan, GENTLEMAN! He loved Galion and was very proud of his family. Prayers and love being sent to each of you.
    Geral and Judy Dyer

  • Ruth and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He gave his all for his community and in his photography business. Most of all, he was a delightful friend to many of us in Galion, family man, and a man of God. Fred & Mary Sue Smith

  • Ruth and Family,
    Jeff and I are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers!

  • Ruth and family,
    When we think of Dan we think of a man that said “can do”. Dan loved his family, his community, and his faith. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for his passing. Dan will be missed by so many.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Lee Ann and Terry,
    I am so very sorry for you loss over the recent past. I sincerely want to offer my condolences and prayers for you and family. MaybGod Bless

  • Mrs. Ritchey and family, we are so sorry to read about the death of Mr. Ritchey. What a special man he was. He gave alot to our community and will missed greatly. Praying for all of you. Another classmate of 1944 is in Heaven now.

  • Mrs Ritchey and family,

    You and Mr Ritchie were my mom and dads neighbors for years on Summit but I only really got to know you both when my sister and I moved in to take care of my mom (Fostina Bartley) in the last months of her life. During this time we got to really know you and Mr Ritchey, got to see lots of his creations and just talk with him. What a joy he was to us ( you both were) and what a wonderful comfort you both were to us.

    The world has lost a gentle soul. My sincere condolences to you all.
    June Bartley Halapir

  • Ruth and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Dan. What a wonderful man he was, so gentle and kind. Always had a smile, and “how are you”. Heaven has another new angel.
    Sorry we won’t be around this weekend because we are in Dayton to watch some of the boys sporting events. But know we are thinking about you all, and will be sending prayers.
    Love to you all.

  • To my classmate Lee Ann and her husband Terry, and the Ritchey family:

    So very sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Ritchey. He was a very special person and I’m sure that you will all miss him dearly. I hope you find comfort in memories and from all the people whom he touched throughout his life.

    I cannot attend the memorial service, but I will certainly have you in my thoughts.

    Sharing your grief,

    Susan (Kelly) Vander Maas

  • Dan and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family.
    Richard and Debbie Renock

  • Sorry to not have contacted you as we were in Galion on the 3rd. Grateful to be friends of so many of your family. Thoughts and prayers go with all of you
    Jo Shannon Bosh
    Somerset KY

  • We were so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He served so many people through Photorama albums that documented so many lives. Jim & Debbie Robinson

  • To the Ritchey family,
    Our deepest and most sincere condolences. You are all in our thoughts.

  • Please know your family is in our prayers! Great friends and neighbors! May God watch over you in these hard time!

  • Your family is in our prayers. You have our sympathies for your loss. We will miss seeing him around town, at “music in the park” and at church.

  • We were so sorry to read about Dan’s death. He was such a nice person and will be missed by all. And, what a contribution he made to the City of Galion down through the years. Our love and prayers are with each of you.

    Dreama and Loyd Caudill

  • To the Ritchey family, My heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Mr Ritchey was a wonderful man and I have many great memories of him, he was like a second father to me growing up. I am not able to make it to his memorial service but please know that I will be praying for you all. You have a wonderful family and I know he was so very proud of all of you.
    Shelly McClintock Crabtree

  • To all the Ritchey’s; I remember Dan as a kind, intelligent and compassionate man. My heartfelt condolences to all of you.

  • Dear Aunt Ruth and Family — we are so so very sorry to hear of Uncle Dan’s passing. We will remember him as a kind and gentle gentleman. We pray for peace for you at during this time.

    With much love and deepest sympathy —
    Jayne, Rachel and John Ricker
    Coronado, Ca

  • Dan always had special meaning in my heart for the role he played in my teenage life. At the age of 12 I fell in love with photography and in high school I learned much more from my mentor Dan Ritchey. I joined the photography staff of the Galion High School yearbook. (I being the staff. Dan was the photographer for the local newspaper and graciously volunteered his time.) Dan introduced and tutored me in the use of the old Graflex camera, at that time the workhorse for photojournalists. With that camera I needed to learn of then foreign concepts of f-stops, depth of field, and shutter speed. Plus you also built up your arm strength due to its weight. There was none of this point and shoot and magically a fine picture occurred. He also spoke of composition and the importance of a picture conveying a message. As a very shy teenager this role as yearbook photographer helped in many ways prepare me for my future. Seeing my photos from the Friday night football game appearing in the local paper enhanced my self-esteem and sense of pride. The ability to organize groups for a yearbook picture helped with my confidence. I could go on and on. Because of Dan my original college major was photojournalism. Later, I returned to my hometown and taught school. I was privileged to have had Dan’s children in my classroom and in my way tried to pay him back for all he had done for me. Today, photography is still an important part of my life, largely due to this man, Dan Ritchey, who over the decades continued to contribute so much to his beloved community.

  • Ruth and Family so sorry to hear about Dan he was a very nice man. God bless you all.

  • Ruth and Dan. Two names that often peppered my parents conversations. “We met up with Ruth and Dan in Florida, we had dinner with Ruth and Dan, we played games and laughed all night with Ruth and Dan.” Your names are so familiar that even my children know them as Grandma & Grandpa’s close, good and true friends.

    Dan was vibrant, intelligent, kind and dear Ruth you carry all those traits,
    plus much wisdom. Please accept my family”s deepest sympathy & love.


    Anita Ritzhaupt Liao

  • Dear Friends & Family of Dan Ritchey…..Dan was one of the first people I met, when I came to Crawford County back in 1970, with WBCO/WQEL…. Dan was very generous in showing me the way in the Galion area business community… Dan’s work with the Uptowne Galion Associates & the Galion Chamber was nothing short of fantastic .. I will always remember Dan, as an outstanding & honest businessman, & someone who truly cared for the Galion area community.. A sincere gentleman, & someone who will long be remembered by his many friends & business associates.. Please accept my thoughts, prayers & sympathy at this time … Sincerely, Davey Jones WQEL/WBCO

  • Dear Friends & Family of Dan Ritchey…… Dan was one of the first people I met when I came to Crawford County with WQEL/BCO, back in 1970… Dan was very generous in showing me the way in the Galion business community, & Dan’s work with the Uptowne Galion Associates, & the Galion Chamber was fantastic… I will always admire Dan’s love of community, and remember Dan for being an outstanding & honest businessman… Please accept my condolences at this time . Sincerley, Davey Jones WQEL/WBCO

  • In memory of my dear friend, mentor and surrogate “Dad,” Dan Ritchey. He was the one of the greatest influences on my life. I first met Dan when I was a sophomore in high school, and like Bob Casey, was the yearbook photographer. Dan taught me how to handle the heavy Graflex, lug the supply of film holders and heavy flash equipment. I worked for Dan part time at the Inquirer and Photorama. I believe he got as much enjoyment teaching as I did learning. After graduation I worked with Dan fulltime at the paper. One summer he took his family on vacation and left me “in charge” of the photography and writing. It was the week of the J C Penney fire. Along with the help of expert darkroom assistance from Ruth Groh, we managed to “cover” the story, thanks to Dan’s teaching of this callow apprentice. After my service in the Air Force, Dan took me under his patient wing at Photorama. Together we set up a color printing darkroom and he introduced me to smaller format cameras and how to photograph a wedding. He was very forgiving and patient. One time I “lost” nearly an entire wedding because I failed to set the camera correctly. Another time he patiently explained to me why the negative emulsion floated off the film in the too-warm rinse water. Just to name a few of the blunders that might have normally led to one’s dismissal. He was kind. Never raised his voice in anger. (“awps – orsht”) Thank you Dan.

  • Dear Ritchey Family,

    Ever since Ruth Anne and I became friends in the 6th grade, I’ve considered you the perfect family. Your home was so full of love and fun, and Mrs. Ritchey was the first yogini I ever knew! I’ll never forget how special Mr. Ritchey made us feel when we painted the window at Photorama for the Halloween window painting contest. And the trip to Put-in-Bay was one of the best vacations of my life.

    Mr. Ritchey showed me what a loving, kind, hardworking father looks like, and that has affected my life in ways you probably didn’t know. I wish you the comfort of happy memories and the supportive love of your amazing family.

    Warmest regards,
    Deborah Evans

  • Dan was awonderful man that loved his family, friends and community.he had a true servants heart.

  • Aunt Ruth & Family—-

    Thinking of you today as I share your heavy heart. Judy and I pray for your peace and comfort in the months to come. I have my own personal memories and special admiration for Uncle Dan . He will surely be missed by many. Please accept Judy’s and my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Mike & Judy Rensch
    Omaha, Ne.

  • Aunt Ruth and Family,

    Thinking of you today as I share your heavy heart. Judy and I pray for your peace and comfort in the months to come. I have my own personal memories and special admiration for Uncle Dan.
    He will surly be missed by many. Please accept Judy’s and my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Mike and Judy Rensch
    Omaha Ne.