BRUCE D. RITCHIE, SR.
November 5, 1946 ~ March 11, 2015
Bruce D. Ritchie, Sr. passed away peacefully at home, in Sequim, WA, on March 11, 2015 surrounded by family. He was born to John W. "Jack" and Dorothy I. Ritchie in Seattle, WA, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1965.
Bruce served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968.
He graduated from Clark College and began his lifelong career in Diesel Technology. He worked as a mechanic, shop foreman, service manager and 10 years as dept. head at Clark College teaching diesel technology.
Bruce left Clark in 1986 moving his family to the Big Island of HI and began working for CAT Pacific Machinery. After 4 years in Hawaii, Bruce was promoted to regional service manager representing CAT in Guam, and all of the Mariana Islands. After leaving Guam and moving back to Seattle, Bruce worked as maintenance manager for several auto transport companies, retiring from Selland Auto Transport in 2009.
After retiring he and Alice, along with their pugs (Jake and Buddy), went on a yearlong trip in their trailer across Canada and the U.S. On their return to Washington, Bruce and Alice settled in Sequim.
Bruce was always an avid reader and enjoyed camping with family and getting all the family together to enjoy the annual Highland Games. He learned to play the bagpipes when he was a teenager and played with the Clan MacCleay Pipe Band for several years.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Alice (Sorum) Ritchie of Sequim; daughters, Cindy Bellus (Paul) of Milton, WA and Cheri Berg of Battle Ground, WA; and son, Bruce Ritchie, Jr. (Jennifer) of Kent, WA; brother, Dan Ritchie (Lynlee) of Lake Forest Park, WA; sister, Kathleen Stewart of Sequim; grandchildren, Heather Berg, Ryan Berg, Taylor Berg, Marshall Bellus and Colleen Ritchie; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael A. Ritchie; brother, Jack D. Ritchie and special mentor, Charlie Hill.
There will be a memorial service Fri., March 27, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.
Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits