Steve Everett Ritchie
1948 - 2021
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Steve Everett Ritchie peacefully passed away surrounded by close friends and family on April 8, 2021, after a valiant 3-year battle against pancreatic cancer. He passed two days shy of his 73rd birthday.

Steve, affectionately known as "Ritch Man," was born in Everett, Washington on April 10, 1948 to parents Eugene "Jiggs" Ritchie and Betty Ryan Beilfus. The son of a wanderer, Steve spent his childhood across much of the western United States, with a particular love of his time living on Maui with his father.

A proud graduate of Everett High School (class of 1966), Steve was a standout athlete—particularly in the sports of baseball and basketball. The Ritch Man played ball for the Everett Merchants and has fond memories of recreational softball with his buddies on Larry's Cabinets, Peppers and Pilchuck Tavern. He also played ball alongside his studies at Seattle U. Despite his Northwest roots, Steve was an avid Yankees fan.

Steve's love of sports extended well beyond playing. He volunteered numerous hours as the voice of Everett High football for 25 years. He was most passionate about developing young talent in the local community as a coach for North Everett Little League. He changed the lives of countless youth in this capacity and also served as his daughter's softball coach for many years, alongside close friend Greg Huggins. Steve also coached many of his son's baseball and basketball teams. He couldn't have been prouder of his kids.

Steve was a career longshoreman and proud member of the ILWU Local 32. He worked the docks up until his cancer diagnosis. He also served in the United States Army and was a proud member of Elks Lodge 479.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents, Jiggs and Betty, his sister Patty, beloved step-mother Juanita and father-in-law Jack Heath. He is survived by his wife, Debra, and children Elizabeth, Stephen, Julia and Mya. He also leaves behind his niece and nephew, Meg and John Heath, with whom he was very close. While there are countless people to thank, the Ritchie family offers its gratitude to their extended family (Susan, Jeri, Rick and Nana), and extends special thanks to Greg Huggins, Lisa Heath, Terry Smith and John Robinett. The family also thanks Nurse Barb and the team at Continuum Hospice Care.

Per Steve's wishes, a living wake occurred in his honor at the time of his 70th birthday. The family will also hold an outdoor summertime reception in Steve's honor. Invitations and details to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Everett Little League, Everett High Blue and Gold, or any other charity of your choice.

April 10, 1948 - April 8, 2021

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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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April 22, 2021
I was very saddened to hear of Steve’s passing as I was reading the Herald recently. Though I haven’t seen him for years, we spent time together in our early childhood. My parents were great friends of Steve’s parents, Jiggs and Betty, and our two families interacted often until their divorce. One of my most exciting memories is of the trip we took by train to visit Steve’s family in Spokane. As young adults we attended different high schools, but I heard about Steve’s many athletic successes and contributions to Everett High School.

I was saddened to hear that his last years were spent struggling with pancreatic cancer. It sounds, however, that he was blessed with a loving family throughout this last ordeal. Please know that I will think of him fondly and that I express much sympathy to those he left behind.
Jamie Richter Stockton
April 21, 2021
I was the first kid to talk to Steve when he moved to Everett from Walla Walla. I was a 6th grader at Longfellow elementary school. We were at recess playing touch football. I saw this little white haired kid walk up the side walk and stand and watch us. I said hey kid do you wanna play? He nodded his head yes, so I said come on you can be on our team. We became friends but not for long as his family moved to north Everett. He went to North Jr. in 7th grade. Mr. & Mrs. Ryan moved to View Ridge and Steve and his mom Betty moved in and lived with them. Steve went to South Jr. where I went and we became best friends till I went in to the Air Force. We spent so many days and nights at each others houses. His Mom and Grand parents were just wonderful people. I lost touch with everyone but never stopped thinking and praying the best for them.
Blair Mulholland
April 20, 2021
Thank you everyone for the kind words and memories. I love hearing these, it's helping me get through the most difficult time of my life this far. Please continue to leave memories, they're appreciated more than I can put into words. I miss you dad, I love you so much
Julia Ritchie
April 19, 2021
RIP from Petosas Softball Team.
Steve Humphries
April 18, 2021
Condolences from the EL Toro
Softball team. Retired.
John Kronholm
April 18, 2021
Just found out about my good friend growing up in Everett. Steve and I were best friends in junior high and high school. I have so many good memories of those times. I'm very heart broken and shook up with this news. That picture of him is in his American Legion uniform. I believe that was taken in Richland Wa. where we finished second in state. Steve was one heck of an athlete and a better person. My condolences to his family. Rest in peace my buddy.
Blair Mulholland
April 18, 2021
Just found out about my junior high and high school best friend. We had a lot of great times together growing up. I am very heart broken by the news and wish his family and friends all the best. I never will forget the good times we had. It sounds like he had a very good and successful life but I always knew he would.
Blair Mulholland
April 17, 2021
A big loss for Everett, I had many great times with Steve. Rest in peace my friend.
Steve Moore
April 17, 2021
Such sad news. Steve was a good man, always bragging about his wonderful family. He will be missed. Take care.
Sandy Sutton Burrows
April 17, 2021
Growing up in Everett, going to the Pit to watch the Everett Seagulls play basketball was always fun!! Being a part of a jammed gym with the sea of white in the student section to watch great EHS basketball players. Steve Richie was one of the best guards I watched growing up!! He always played hard and he played with tremendous hustle!!
After I graduated from EHS, I played softball against Steve, again I witnessed the same ability where he would make the difference of a softball game. He was one of the best softball players in Everett!!
My prayers to Debby and the family!!
God Bless Steve Ritchie
Tom Kingshott
April 17, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rosemary Shannon
April 17, 2021
So sad what a great person RIP Steve
Linden crow
April 17, 2021
only met him a few times, but what a nice guy always had a smile, seemed like he was genuine and happy, my condolences to the Ritchie and Heath families, may he RIP
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