Bruce D. Ritchie Sr.
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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.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2015.
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April 11, 2015
Bruce will all was live in my heart.
Kua Turner
March 29, 2015
Cindy, sorry for your loss. Bruce was a awesome guy. Thought about you guys many times, have missed you both. May God bless and help you in times ahead. ( one of his students from 84)
Dave Ankenbauer
March 29, 2015
Alice so sorry to hear about the passing of Bruce, you know you have a friend who will always be there for you. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Beverly Hoshide
March 27, 2015
You have my deepest sympathy. May the God of loyal love comfort the family during your time of sorrow. Psalm 119:76
March 27, 2015
You have my deepest sympathy. May the God of loyal love comfort the family during your time of sorrow. Psalm 119:76
March 27, 2015
Liz Ritchie
March 27, 2015
My deepest sympathy to all. May your memories of Bruce's warm smile and kind heart stay with you always.
Elizabeth Ritchie
March 26, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Nikki Mikesell
March 26, 2015
Cindy Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Auntie Donna
Donna Orchard
March 26, 2015
We were so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. Please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Keith & Chris Walbridge
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