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Thomas G. Ritchey, 89, of Hollidaysburg, died Tuesday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born at his home in Blue Knob, the son of the late Frank and Jennie (Over) Ritchey.

He married Helen M. Simendinger on March 10, 1956 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Coupon. She preceded him in death on February 21, 2002.

Surviving are two daughters: Nina M. Ritchey and her husband, Randy Schmerbeck of Roaring Spring and Shelly A. Ritchey of Duncansville; a son, Randy T. and his wife, Sharon of Blue Knob; two grandchildren: Rebecca E. and Matthew T. and his wife, Angela, all in California; two great-grandchildren: Mila and Owen in California; one brother, Theodore W. of Blue Knob; and a sister-in-law, Billie Ritchey of Blue Knob.

He was predeceased by a sister, Betty Claar; and four brothers: Hamilton, Jack, F. Dahl and Harold.

Thomas graduated from Hollidaysburg High School in 1950 and served in the United States Army, Company F, 169th Infantry Regiment. He started working at Railway Express Agency and later retired from Conrail.

After retirement, Tom and Helen enjoyed going to the beach and watching the leaves on the East Coast.

Thomas was a member of the Blair County Classic Car Club. He enjoyed restoring cars and trucks, gardening, making ice cream, spending summers in Raystown and spending time at Blue Knob Auto Sales in his armchair.

At the request of the deceased, all services are private at Sorge Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hollidaysburg.

Burial at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the American Legion Ambulance Service of Hollidaysburg (; or Blue Knob Volunteer Fire Company, 2082 Knob Rd., Portage, PA 15946; or Geeseytown Community Fire Company, 215 Mary St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.


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