Dr. Gary Lee Ritchie M.D.
Dr. Gary Lee Ritchie M.D. passed away on Oct 22nd 2021 in Texas at his son's home. He was 80 years old. Gary was the eldest son of Frank and Mary Ritchie and grew up in Pueblo, CO with his brother Darvin and his sister Jolene. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Beth Ley, in 1961 and soon thereafter moved to Omaha NE where he went to medical school at Creighton University. In 1972 Gary and his family moved to Canon City, CO where he established his career as a general practitioner. Over the next several decades he took care of thousands of patients and brought hundreds of new babies safely into this world. Gary spent his free time with his family fishing, hunting, snow skiing, camping and going to all his children's' swimming meets, football games, gymnastic, wrestling and track meets. He is survived by his brother and sister and his five children Tammy, Laurie, Rick, Michael and Gina as well as 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. As a husband, he cherished our mom with all his heart and as father to us five kids, he gave us everything we needed and wanted to become who we are today. Thank you dad for your big hugs, big Christmases, big family trips, big laughter, big heart and big smile. You will be missed by so many. We can only imagine what happens after death but I think I speak for all of us when I say we are all imagining him now holding my mom in his comforting arms in a beautiful place free of suffering and full of eternal peace. A memorial service to remember his life will be held on Saturday, Nov 27th at 4 p.m. at Christian Family Fellowship, 1011 Monroe Ave. Canon City, Co.
Published by The Canon City Daily Record on Nov. 19, 2021.
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Memorial service
Christian Family Fellowship
1011 Monroe Ave., Canon City, CO
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I was so sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Gary Ritchie. I just heard the news today and missed his service by a few days, another sad moment for me. He was such a caring and compassionate Dr. and was mine for many years. He will be greatly missed by many including myself. May you rest in peace and enjoy being in the presence of Jesus.
Desiree' (Whitcraft)Zeleznikar
November 30, 2021
So very sorry to read of Gary's passing. He was a good man. We truly believe he is with Mary Beth and smiling that smile. Prayers to the entire family. He will be missed. RIP.
Mindy (Fuller) Smith and Glen Smith
November 19, 2021
Words cannot express how much I and my family loved and trusted Dr. Ritchie. He was the epitome of a caring physician of the old school. He delivered my daughter way back in 1979. Thank you, Dr. Ritchie. May you rest in peace.
Linda K Brown
November 19, 2021
We were saddened to hear about Gary's passing. We have many memories of him thru many generations of our family, from when he sat with us thru the loss of our parents to when we shared the birth of our son. He was a great doctor, and a kind friend with a welcoming smile. He is in God's memory now with a future hope. Our love, thoughts and prayers to all his family and to those who will miss him.
Jim & Sharon Wiggs
November 19, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss, but I too know that he is wearing that beautiful smile next to Mary Beth! I will always remember our swim meets together!!
Cheryl, Chambers, Gould
November 18, 2021
Sincerest condolences to Dr. Ritchie's family. He was a great doctor and a pleasure to be around. He will be missed.
Lisa Diego
November 18, 2021
My heart is just broke, dr. Gary delivered both of my children, what an amazing person he was, and he truly adored his family, that´s all he talked about!! Now he is in heaven with your mother, Mary Beth and what a gem she was, you were all truly blessed with wonderful parents and a fantastic dr! Rest in peace Dr. Gary
Trena relich
November 18, 2021
Truly sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful doctor that delivered my two beautiful babies. Will always be thankful to of had such a wonderful doctor.
Dawn Orona
November 18, 2021
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