Thomas L. Ritchey

Thomas L. “Tom” Ritchey, 51, Imler, passed away Thursday at Altoona Regional surrounded by his family and friends after a courageous 2-year battle with duodenal/bone cancer.

He was the son of Thomas G. and Vivian C. (Marlin) Ritchey. He married Leslie E. Stever on Sept. 26, 1987, in Altoona.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years; two daughters: Heather L. and fiance, Jared Long, and Allison D.; two sisters: Tammy Ritchey and Crystal Larson (Robert); and a very special nephew and niece: Dylan and Elle Jae Larson. All are of Imler. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Mildred Marlin of Homewood at Martinsburg, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and very special friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: M. Kenneth and Mary Ritchey; his maternal grandfather, George Marlin; two aunts: Carolyn Ritchey and Betty Lynch; an uncle, Fred Ritchey; and his special mother-in-law, Eva J. Stever.

Tom was a 1979 graduate of Claysburg-Kimmel High School. He began working for Hedstrom Corp., Bedford, after graduation until the closing of its doors in October 2004. He then worked for Freedom Metals, Roaring Spring, where he retired on disability in November 2010.

Tom was a member of Lower Claar Church of the Brethren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his daughters, who were the light of his life, and his nephew and niece, NASCAR racing, Western shows and movies, country and bluegrass songs and being surrounded by family and friends. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates.

Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Leslie-Miller Funeral Home, Claysburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Lower Claar Church of the Brethren, Pastor John Winesickle officiating. Entombment will be at Bedford County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tom’s church or to Home Nursing Agency Hospice in Bedford or Blair counties.