James Ritchey was born on May 16,1957 in Chicago, Illinois to Ruben and Lexci (Vaughn) Ritchey. James was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. As a young child he knew and loved the Lord. He gave his life to his Lord and savior in 1981 at Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1975. After high school he attended DeVry Technical Institute and began to develop skills in the areas of technical and satellite engineering. James also received his FCC First Class Licensing.
James had a reputation for being a hard-working professional. James began his career with Rockwell International working in Telecommunications where he worked for 5 years. He later joined Satellite Business Systems working in Satellite Communications where he worked for 6 years. Later joining GTE Spacenet also in the field of Satellite Communications where he worked for 4 years. Then James gained experience with Walgreens Data Center working in Electronic Engineering where he worked for 3 years. James followed his passion and love for cars and started his own business Ritchey, Inc. Auto Transport where he retired in 2014 after 21 years. James held his CDL A Commercial Licensing with endorsements for those 21 years.
James enjoyed working on cars, restoring vehicles, building circuitry, gardening, fishing, puzzles, RC car racing, and most of all spending time with his family and grandchildren.
James Ritchey 61 passed away on September 23, 2018 at his home in Kansas City, Kansas. James was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Edward and Charles Ritchey.
James is survived by his loving wife Sherry Ritchey of 12 years from Kansas City, Kansas, his sister, Ethel Ritchey of Chicago, Illinois, and three children from a previous union, Chaneen Hampton (Chan), Bryan Ritchey (BJ), and Jason Ritchey of Chicago, Illinois, and his seven grandchildren, Briana Ritchey, Arion Ritchey, Ariel Ritchey, Bryan Ritchey, Jr., Jamil Ritchey, Shamaya Hampton, and Kennedy Turner; and a host of other relatives.