Richard “Ritchie” E. Slagle

May 27, 1963 ‒ May 23, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Richard “Ritchie” E. Slagle, 56, of Jackson, passed away surrounded by family and friends on May 23.

He is survived by his parents Jack and Georgia Maitland, father Richard “Butch” Slagle, sister Lori Ballitch, brother Clifford Slagle, sister Bonnie Withrow, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Everyone loved Ritchie. He was hardworking, generous, and fun. He worked in construction, including a 17 year career in maintenance at Michigan Corrections. He could fix and build anything, and he used his gifts often to help others.

Ritchie lived in the moment. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and Euchre. Those who joined him in such activities know he liked to be the life of the party, with his playful personality and roaring laugh. He had stories for everything, which he seldom refrained from loudly reenacting, including his softball glory days and many practical jokes.

Ritchie professed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord on May 7, 2020, claiming the promise of eternal life by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9).

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at “Heavenly Hills,” 9364 Rountree Rd., Hanover, MI 49241, on Saturday, June 6, at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Andrew Ballitch officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the “State of Michigan – Game & Fish Protection Fund”, Wildlife Division, Michigan DNR, PO Box 30451, Lansing, MI 48909.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ritchie’s family and encourage you to share a memory or leave a message of support for the family at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Only God Loves you more than I do, My Son. I can only look forward to when we will b e together again. Until then my thoughts and precious memories will be tucked away in my heart privately to treasure.

  • Gone way to soon.
    Hugs and prayers for my sister and the family. Ritchie will be so missed.
    God Bless the family.

  • R.i.p. Ritchie gone to soon but you at peace now tu for all the beautiful memories by heart goes out to my sister and family may God be with you all love ya all

  • I’m so very sorry to hear that Richie has passed. It’s heartbreaking to lose someone so young. I haven’t seen him in years but remember him with a glowing smile on his face and a hearty laugh, always enjoying life. My sincere condolences to Georgia and the entire family. Sending prayers of comfort for all of you. Rest In Peace, Richie. 🙏🏻

  • My prayers go out to all of you! It is so hard to loose a son, a brother, a uncle….
    Love your famuly. Feel blessed to know you all! Rest in Jesus! The journey here is short! We will gather together in His glory someday soon!
    Terri Glosser

  • My prayers go out to all of you! It is so hard to loose a son, a brother, a uncle….
    Love your family. Feel blessed to know you all! Rest in Jesus! The journey here is short! We will gather together in His glory someday soon!
    Terri Glosser

  • I always loved you as if you were my “OWN” Son. You were a good, funny, obedient Son and ready to pitch in and help in whatever we needed done. We will be together again,Son,one day in Glory!

  • Georgia-again, I am so saddened to know you are suffering, but so glad of your Christian Faith-which gets us all through the tough times-Sincerely, Harriet Bogan

  • Ritchie your smile was always contagious when anyone was around you, your comedian personality was always a hoot! You will be missed by many, prayers to your family and friends that loved you. Rest easy cuz.
    Love Annette, Aryanna, Mike and Abi Henry.

  • Ritchie was always a great classmate! I’m so sorry he is gone too soon. May wonderful memories comfort his family and friends.

  • This breaks my heart. I know he’s in a better place but he will be missed. He’ll be up there with Joe watching over us. My heart felt condolences to his family especially his mom he talked about and lived so dearly.

  • My heart breaks. I know Ritchie thru years ago, at my moms Bar, Jack’s place. He was always the life of your day when you had a bad one. May he rest now for his day here is done, will be sadly missed by alot. 🙏 for all who he touched their lifes. Rest now Rich for your day is done. 😥

  • I’ll be forever grateful that I got a chance to know and love Rich during the few months he lived with Lori here in Ohio. His personality was fun and his outlook on life was simple and straightforward. His skills were amazing and about as close to my dad’s as anyone I’ve met–he really could fix, build, or engineer just about anything and then had fun doing it. He loved tools and knew how to use them. He loved children and knew how to make them happy. I just lost my own “big brother” two months ago and share this family’s grief because the void they leave is great and the memories they leave are many.

  • MY HEART IS BROKEN & I KNOW MY SI STER GEORGIA HEART IS BROKEN TO. WORDS CAN’ T EXPRESS HOW I FEEL . RITCHIE LEFT US ALL TO SOON. HE WAS A LOT OF FUN & GREAT TO BE AROUND. HE L OVED TO HUNT. FISH & L OVED SPORTS. MY THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE WITH MY SISTER GEORGIA & HER FAMILY . L OURI, CLIFF, BONNIE. WE ALLL LOVED RITCHIE & HE WIL L BE DEARL Y MI SSED. HE WAS A GREAT NEPHEW. LOVE ALL OF YOU . MY SINCERE CONDOLENCE TO ALL OF YOU. R. I. P. RITCHIE.

  • Aunt Georgia, Uncle Jack, Cliff, Lorie, and Bonnie,

    We are so sorry for this terrible loss. You and Ritchie are in our thoughts and prayers.

    We know there really are no words that can truly help at this time, but we hope that your memories of Ritchie and the love of your family surround you and give you strength, comfort, and peace in the days ahead.

    And remember: Philippians 4:13.

    All our love
    Gord and Carol Case

  • Laurie, Randy and I pray for you to have strength through this time. Our is in heaven too and has the same likes your brother did. Peace n prayers to you.

  • So many things to say, thank you for the 12 years we had together the times you made me laugh, the fun we had the few times you and I went fishing, even when you flipped the canoe lol, the times we played two handed euchre and the only time we went deer hunting and you laughed cause I cried when you shot the deer. So many memories I will cherish forever. I love you and always will. Love Lenny

  • Had the pleasure of working with Rich at Jackson quite a few years. He always had a smile and I am sure will be missed by many.

  • Sorry for your loss. Ritchie will always be remembered for his love of sports. He was such an asset to “The Brewer” softball team. Loved watching him play. I also had the opportunity to work with him at Cotton Correctional Facility and we had some nice talks of fond memories.

  • I worked with Rich at the country club in Jackson back in the ’80’s. He was a real hoot to be around and a practical joker. He was one of those guys I vividly remember as working hard and always being a team player. I am glad he sought salvation near the end.

  • Ritch always treated my son (lucas) like he was his own. They did alot of hunting & fishing together. He will be sadly missed.